The Book of Laughter and Forgetting Character Descriptions

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Tamina

This is the main character of the book per Kundera or the I character.

Kundera or the Character

Throughout the novel, this character appears to give presumably factual accounts and historical events that happen as a backdrop to the vignettes.

Mirek

An important political figure and scientist in the Czech Republic, this character's story and his drive to find letters from an old lover will set the stage and thematic foundation for the book.

Zdena

The counterpart in Mirek's story, this character's once-close relationship with Mirek gives her power and control over his history.

Marketa

Karel's wife, this character has an affair with one of her husband's mistresses, Eva.

Karel

Marketa's husband, he is tired of his relationship with his wife despite his love for her.

Eva

A self-proclaimed man chaser, this character goes to visit Marketa and Karel during the same time that Karel's mother stays...

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