A patron of the Prague bar where Tereza works. The obnoxious man accuses Tereza of serving alcohol to a young man, and then the obnoxious man subtly accuses her of being a prostitute. Tereza later discovers that the obnoxious man is a member of the secret police, and she grows increasingly paranoid that he is trying to incriminate and subsequently imprison her. The obnoxious man never does officially incriminate Tereza, but he serves as an example of the intimidation and terror employed by the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia during the Cold War.
The Obnoxious Man Character Timeline in The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The timeline below shows where the character The Obnoxious Man appears in The Unbearable Lightness of Being. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 4, Chapter 9
Part 4, Chapter 23
Part 4, Chapter 24