The Unbearable Lightness of Being
by Milan Kundera
In BriefOstensibly a love story about a philandering physician and his simple, faithful country wife, Kundera’s classic is also a historical account of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, and a philosophical meditation on art, life, love, freedom, fate and free will.
Why you should read itIt will make you think, feel and ponder in a way that few novels are able to do. Just as Virginia Woolf called George Eliot’s Middlemarch “one of the few English novels written for grown-up people”, so this Czech novel is the best kind of adult read.