The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being


Milan Kundera

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being: Part 2, Chapter 20 Summary & Analysis

Tereza wanted to understand Tomas’s infidelity, which is why she befriended Sabina before Sabina left Prague for Geneva. She went to Sabina’s studio, and Sabina explained her paintings, which belonged to a collection called “Behind the Scenes.” The paintings were realistic but also abstract, like a photograph with double exposure.
The idea of Sabina’s paintings as dual images with something hidden beneath suggests opposites, but it also reflects both Tereza’s job as a photographer and Tomas’s job as a surgeon. Tomas is always slicing something open with his scalpel, both literally and figuratively, to expose what is hidden beneath.
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