The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being


Milan Kundera

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being: Part 2, Chapter 23 Summary & Analysis

Tereza took hundreds of photos of the Russian occupation of Prague before moving to Switzerland. She gave much of the film to the foreign press, and many of her photos were printed in Western publications. The Russian occupation of Czechoslovakia was not merely a tragedy, the narrator says, but “a carnival of hate.”
Kundera’s description of the occupation as “a carnival of hate” illustrates just how terrible the occupation was for Czechoslovakia. Thousands of pictures like Tereza’s were leaked to the foreign press, but this did the Czech people very little good.
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