“The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.”
Explore Czech writer Kundera alongside some of his inspirations. We will begin with his most famous work, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, reading both the original text and exploring major influences on this work, through excerpts from Kafka and Nietzsche. We will also read his novel Immortality and short story collection Laughable Loves. We will discuss what is distinctive about Kundera’s style, such as his lyrical writing and preoccupation with philosophical themes. Of course, no discussion on Kundera would be complete without a discussion surrounding the thematic elements of totalitarianism and revolution.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Excerpts from Nietzsche and Kafka (guide will provide PDFs to enrolled participants)
Before first meeting, participants should read The Unbearable Lightness of Being