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The Unbearable Lightness of Being Part 6, Chapter 1

By Milan Kundera

Part 6, Chapter 1

  • Stalin's son, Yakov, was captured by the Germans during World War II. While in prison, he shared a latrine with British officers, who resented that he always left a mess in there for them to clean up.
  • Once, when officers tried to make him clean it, he was humiliated and angry.
  • He died when, in desperation at the whole situation, he took a flying jump at the electrical fence around the camp.