The Unbearable Lightness of Being: Milan Kundera

What can you say about a novel that starts out talking about Nietzsche and the concept of the eternal return, then counters with something much “lighter” as a rebuttal while still preserving the nobility of lived experience?  Also the inspiration for Philip Kaufman‘s cinematic treatment staring Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche and Lena Olin, The Unbearable Lightness of Being is an amazing work of fiction by one of the world’s most celebrated international writers and humanists, Milan Kundera which proves that Existentialism is alive and well and invites us to celebrate life in all its sorrows and joys.  The film itself has its detractors, Kundera amongst them, but it is definitely worth viewing.  This is best read while the taste of wine and cheese and charcuterie still linger in your mouth.  For reading -try the end of October.  There’s something about the change of seasons, and the crisp air and ground covered with orange and red leaves just makes this novel the perfect fall meditation.

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