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This exclusive edition has been printed by the traditional lithographic method on a small, sheetfed, Heidelberg press, using premium woodfree paper. Each book is sewn and bound by hand, using a quarter-bound case of real cloth and printed panels front and back, featuring original artwork by Milan Kundera, with matt black pigment foiling and lamination. The books are finished with full colour printed endpapers, head and tail bands and a ribbon marker.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being is a classic story of irreconcilable loves and infidelities. Juxtaposing Prague, Geneva, Thailand and the United States, it encompasses the extremes of comedy and tragedy, and embraces, it seems, all aspects of human existence. It offers – in true Kundera fashion – a wide range of brilliant and amusing philosophical speculations and it descants on a variety of styles, drawing together the Czechoslovakia of the Prague Spring and the Russian invasion, the philosophy of Nietzsche, and the love affairs of a number of heartbreakingly familiar characters.
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