Who am I?
Why did Catherine love this book?
I read this novel because the great writer Milan Kundera died this summer. He was my favorite writer when I was a young woman. The Unbearable Lightness of Being was his last novel, written in Czech while living in France.
The voice in this novel is so strong (and light at the same time), and the novel is so rich and so full of ideas! It's almost impossible to summarize it. I remembered the love story between Tomas and Tereza, the truck accident that caused their death, and Tomas telling women: "Take off your clothes." Today, he would be in trouble! At the time of communism, freedom experienced through sex was the only freedom possible. But there is so much more—Kundera's hate of kitsch, what he calls "The Great March."
This novel is a testimony about the events of the time, but it also transcends history, and there is something…