"When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object": First Edition of The Unbearable Lightness of Being; Inscribed by Milan Kundera

  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being.


Item Number: 26004

New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1984.

First edition of Kundera’s magnum opus. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by Milan Kundera on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Fred Marcellino. Translated from the Czech by Michael Henry Heim. Rare signed and inscribed.

When "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" was first published in English, it was hailed as "a work of the boldest mastery, originality, and richness" by critic Elizabeth Hardwick and named one of the best books of 1984 by the New York Times Book Review. It went on to win the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction and quickly became an international bestseller. It was adapted to film in 1988, directed by Philip Kaufman, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Juliette Binoche.

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