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The Unbearable Lightness of Being Part 6, Chapter 9

By Milan Kundera

Part 6, Chapter 9

  • Politicians use kitsch all the time – just think about a politician kissing a baby.
  • What is truly dangerous is totalitarian kitsch, a kitsch that banishes that which does not belong to its aesthetic realm.
  • Often, this means banishing individualism. He cites the gulag as a tool of kitsch.