The Joke by Milan Kundera

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The first definitive, complete edition of the author's classic first novel presents a tale of love, politics, revenge, and the fate of individuals in contemporary society. By the author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being. 15,000 first printing. National ad/promo.
 

About Milan Kundera

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The Franco-Czech novelist and critic Milan Kundera was born in Brno and has lived in France, his second homeland, since 1975. He is the author of the novels The Joke, Farewell Waltz, Life Is Elsewhere, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and Immortality, and the short-story collection Laughable Loves—all originally written in Czech. His most recent novels Slowness, Identity, and Ignorance, as well as his nonfiction works The Art of the Novel, Testaments Betrayed, The Curtain, and Encounter, were originally written in French.
 
Published September 1, 1969 by TBS The Book Service Ltd. 296 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A rather innocent youthful joke (a postcard sent heralding ""Long' Live Trotsky"") metastasize bringing rejection, ostracism and failure to all concerned but in particular to its perpetrator, Ludvik Jahn.

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Shades of the Rocky movies: This is English translation number five of Kundera's 1967 novel.

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Publishers Weekly

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In this new English-language version of Kundera's classic first novel, completely revised by the author to incorporate the most accurate portions of two previous translations plus his own corrections, the narrator Ludvik wonders, ``What if History plays jokes?'' This politically charged question,...

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Philip Sington recommends Milan Kundera's "The Joke," Fazil Iskander's "Sandro
of Chegem," Tibor Fischer's "Under the Frog," Peter Schneider's "The Wall ...

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on life behind the Iron Curtain

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The New York Review of Books

Finally (I can’t think of a suitable rubric), Mr. Jones writes that “when a first-rate novel comes to us from Communist Europe, we do not want it sterilized and packaged: we want it raw.” Setting aside such questions as why novels from Communist Europe should be treated differently from others, a...

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The New York Review of Books

In the development of a socialist country, the stage of liberalization is not a stage of decadence: decadence is characteristic of the dictatorship of the Party which has outlived its revolutionary usefulness.

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