The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan KunderaRead about another entry on the list.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being takes place, partly, during the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw Pact nations in 1968. Historically, the invasion was not considered “a war”. But for the novel’s protagonists, it was a declaration of war on the freedom to think, to act, to love. Kundera interweaves his characters’ love lives with their reaction to the brutal invasion, and presents a philosophical yet erotic tapestry.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being is one of Olen Steinhauer's six favorite books. Lee Child called The Unbearable Lightness of Being "his private pick for the 20th–century novel that will live the longest." John Mullan includes it among ten of the best visits to the lavatory in literature.