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The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being


by Milan Kundera

The Unbearable Lightness of Being Part 2, Chapter 1 Summary

  • "It would be senseless of the author to try to convince the reader that his characters once actually lived," begins the narrator.
  • Characters are born of "a stimulating phrase or two from a basic situation" (2.1.1). Tomas, for example, was born of the "Es muss sein!", whereas Tereza was born from the rumbling of a stomach.
  • When Tereza went up to Tomas's apartment for the first time, she was embarrassed that her stomach was rumbling.

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