To me, kitsch means pretty much what Kundera says it is, “shit is denied and everyone acts as though it did not exist”. This does not literally mean that shit/poop/feces does not exist. I think kitsch holds a lot more weight (how punny) than just meaning excrement. Kitsch refers to all the horrible, nasty, uncouth, mean, derogatory, unacceptable, disgusting, mean, unkind, violent, and negative things that pervade the world that humans live in. It can mean anything that makes life difficult or that makes humans undergo the trials and tribulations that make life, well, life. Without these kitschy things, life would be perfect and probably be boring, however the kitschesque things in this world make things different and unique, adding to the diversity of experiences in reality. So to me I think kitsch is not necessarily a bad thing in people's lives and keeps things interesting. I do not believe it is as much of a burden as people in the novel think it is. Sure it's a burden, but it is what keeps you working hard in life and doing things to try and relieve yourself from this kitsch.