The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being


Milan Kundera

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being: Part 4, Chapter 12 Summary & Analysis

Tereza finds herself at the foot of Petrin Hill and walks to the top. There are six men at the top of the hill, and they look at Tereza and assure her she is in the right place. One of the men has a rifle and asks if coming to the hill was her own choice. Tereza doesn’t want to disappoint Tomas, so she says that it was. The man with the rifle asks Tereza if she wants to go first, and Tereza tells him she would rather go last. He agrees and begins to aim and fire at the other people standing on the hill. 
Petrin Hill is now a major tourist attraction, and it has long since been divided into gardens, but it was initially used as an execution site, particularly for those who had been convicted of some sort of political crime. Somewhat ironically, Petrin Hill is now the location of the Memorial to the Victims of Communism (1948-1989). 
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