The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being


Milan Kundera

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being: Part 2, Chapter 24 Summary & Analysis

When Tereza was in Zurich, she tried to sell some of her photographs of the Russian invasion to the Swiss press. The editor showed Tereza some photographs that she intended to publish of a nude beach somewhere in Europe, and said that she could tell just by looking at Tereza that she had never been on a nude beach. The editor said that naked bodies are “normal” and “beautiful,” and Tereza couldn’t help but think about her mother.
Tereza’s idea of “normal” and “beautiful” is obviously different from the editor’s, which again illustrates the ambiguity of language and suggests that meaning can never be fixed. The fact that the magazine would rather publish photos of a nude beach diminishes the importance of Czechoslovakia’s struggle, but it further emphasizes the body. 
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