The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being


Milan Kundera

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being: Part 6, Chapter 29 Summary & Analysis

All that remains of the Grand March is a picture of the American actress, and all that remains of Tomas is a tombstone that reads: “HE WANTED THE KINGDOM OF GOD ON EARTH.” All that is left of Beethoven is “Es muss sein!” All that is left is kitsch, which, the narrator says, is “the stopover” between being and nonbeing.
The fact that Kundera refers to kitsch as “the stopover” between being and nonbeing implies that no one can escape kitsch, since everyone dies. People are powerless to avoid kitsch, and Kundera thus implies it is pointless to even try.
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