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The Unbearable Lightness of Being Part 4, Chapter 22

By Milan Kundera

Part 4, Chapter 22

  • For the first year with Tomas, Tereza used to scream during sex, as a way of blinding her senses.
  • Similarly, her soul was blinded by love.
  • But sex with the engineer restored her soul's sight.
  • During her next visit to the sauna, she takes a long look at her body in the mirror again.
  • She remembers how it looked in the engineer's arms. She wants to see her body again next to a strange man, because that context makes her body interesting to her.