A member of the Czech intelligentsia and the editor of a small Prague newspaper. Tomas incriminates the editor when he unwittingly implies to the dignitary that the editor was the one who had altered Tomas’s article on Oedipus. The editor later tries to pressure Tomas into signing a petition that is meant to persuade the government to grant amnesty to political prisoners. Much like the Communist regime, the editor tries to make Tomas sign something Tomas hadn’t written or even read, and he gives Tomas little time to think. Through the editor, Kundera highlights the persecution of the Czech intelligentsia under the Communist regime, but also suggests that the regime is not the only ideology that oppresses and intimidates people.
The Editor Character Timeline in The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The timeline below shows where the character The Editor appears in The Unbearable Lightness of Being. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 5, Chapter 5
Part 5, Chapter 6
Part 5, Chapter 13
Part 5, Chapter 14
Part 5, Chapter 19
Part 5, Chapter 21
...Prague has been lately and suggests moving to the country. They won’t run into the editor there, or colleagues from the hospital. Nature hasn’t changed, Tereza says, and Tomas agrees that... (full context)
Part 6, Chapter 21
...Franz looks around and decides that the Grand March is definitely over. But like the editor’s petition to free the political prisoners, they always knew that the Grand March wouldn’t amount... (full context)