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The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being


by Milan Kundera

Analysis: Allusions

When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Literary and Philosophical References

Religious References

Mythological References

Historical References

Music, Film, and Art References

  • Beethoven (1.15.8-12, 1.16.1-3, 1.17.4, 2.9.5-6, 2.11.1-5, 5.8.1-4, 6.29.5)
  • Beethoven, "Es muss sein!" is a line from Beethoven's String Quarter No. 16
  • Beethoven, Ninth Symphony (3.3.18)
  • Raphael (2.4.3)
  • Béla Bartók, Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion (3.3.18)
  • The Beatles, White Album (3.3.18)
  • Antonín Dvořák (3.4.8)
  • Leoš Janáček (3.4.8)
  • Gioachino Rossini (3.6.15, 3.6.18)
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (4.25.4)
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (4.25.4)
  • Federico Fellini (5.10.6)

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