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The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

by Milan Kundera

Identity Quotes

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Quote #10

What remains of the dying population of Cambodia?

One large photograph of an American actress holding an Asian child in her arms.

What remains of Tomas?

An inscription reading he wanted the kingdom of god on earth.

[…]

What remains of Franz?

An inscription reading a return after long wanderings. (6.29.1-8)

All the characters in the Unbearable Lightness of Being are fundamentally misunderstood after their death. Their identities are boiled down to a single phrase that not only fails to describe them, but misrepresents them nonetheless.

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