Joke by Milan KunderaJoke by Milan Kundera


byMilan Kundera

Paperback | April 14, 1993

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All too often, this brilliant novel of thwarted love and revenge miscarried has been read for its political implications. Now, a quarter century after The Joke was first published and several years after the collapse of the Soviet-imposed Czechoslovak regime, it becomes easier to put such implications into perspective in favor of valuing the book (and all Kundera 's work) as what it truly is: great, stirring literature that sheds new light on the eternal themes of human existence.

The present edition provides English-language readers an important further means toward revaluation of The Joke. For reasons he describes in his Author's Note, Milan Kundera devoted much time to creating (with the assistance of his American publisher-editor) a completely revised translation that reflects his original as closely as any translation possibly can: reflects it in its fidelity not only to the words and syntax but also to the characteristic dictions and tonalities of the novel's narrators. The result is nothing less than the restoration of a classic.

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...
Title:JokeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.81 inPublished:April 14, 1993Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006099505X

ISBN - 13:9780060995058


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Great early novel from MK - I think its his first. All the classic pieces are here - philosophy, politics, music, sex, humor ... a great book from a great writer
Date published: 2017-01-16

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The authoritative version of the brilliant first novel by the author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being. A great novel of thwarted love and revenge miscarried, in a completely revised translation that is nothing less than the restoration of a classic.

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"A thoughtful, intricate, ambivalent novel with the reach of greatness in it." (John Updike)