The Unbearable Lightness of Being | Literature Criticism Critical Review by John Bayley

This literature criticism consists of approximately 11 pages of analysis & critique of The Unbearable Lightness of Being.
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Critical Review by John Bayley

SOURCE: "Kundera and Kitsch," in London Review of Books, Vol. 6, No. 10, June 7-20, 1984, pp. 18-19.

Below, Bayley explains the meaning and use of "kitsch" in the context of The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

There is always comedy in the ways in which we are impressed by a novel. It can either impress us (if, that is, it is one of the very good ones) with the sort of truths that Nietzsche, Kafka and Dostoevsky tell us, or with the truths that Tolstoy and Trollope tell us. To the first kind we respond with amazement and delight, awe even. 'Of course that's it! Of course that's it!' The second kind of truths are more sober, more laboriously constructed, more ultimately reassuring. They are the truths necessary for fiction, and therefore necessary for life. The...

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