The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

by

Milan Kundera

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being: Part 2, Chapter 25 Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
As the magazine editor looked at Tereza’s photographs, she remarked that Tereza would make a good fashion photographer. She agreed that Tereza’s pictures were good, but she wasn’t interested in them. A year had passed since the Russian invasion, and Tereza’s pictures were “anachronistic.” Tereza agreed. Tomas, too, always said the same thing about her. 
The editor’s assessment of Tereza’s pictures as “anachronistic” suggests that Tereza and her pictures are somehow out of sync, or out of date. Not only does this belittle Tereza and her photos, further stripping her of power, it suggests that human existence is linear and chronological, not cyclical as is implied with the theory of eternal return. After all, if existence were cyclical, nothing would ever really be out of date.
Themes
Time, Happiness, and Eternal Return Theme Icon
Power, Politics, and Inequality Theme Icon