When we travel, it’s usual to carry a novel to keep reading or a new one just to start it in the journey. That poetry book that jumps in to our bag, because who knows, maybe it can save our lives. Also, there are books we finish in a plane or in that bed from the hotel with white sheets. It’s there when the story comes to be involved in the temporary, the memory connected with the experience of reading and living.
“The unbearable lightness of being” is one of that books. Milan Kundera invites us to read slowly and come back to him when we want it, or need it. Through this love story, which it’s also a story of jealousy, sex, betrayal and death, we can tell the weakness and the paradox of the the two couples, one composed by Therese and Thomas and the other one by Frantz and her lover Sabina. A plot that weaves together the thoughts of the author around the characters. The novel presents the stubborn love between Thomas, who loves Therese despite his unstoppable desire for other women, and the jealous Therese will have to live with. In the other hand there is Sabina, who is the lover of Frantz and Thomas, that pursuits a freedom that leads her to an unbearable lightness of being, the vacuity.
Einmal ist keinmal: “If we only have one life to live, we might as well not have lived at all”
The narrative structure alternates philosophic ideas of lightness and weigh in one hand and body and soul in the other to open a debate that it’s found in all over the book. Is it better to be tied to our existence or, for the contrary, get away from everything and everybody in order to be light? With the book, the reader begins a journey which not necessary goes forward, but it hits us in the back to revive old feelings that come to be universal thanks to Kundera. The life itself in a book.