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The joke : definitive version

Author: Milan Kundera
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperPerennial, 1993, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st HarperPerennial edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Political fiction
Didactic fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Milan Kundera
ISBN: 006099505X 9780060995058
OCLC Number: 28124158
Notes: Translation of: Žert.
"Aaron Asher books."
Description: xi, 317 pages ; 21 cm
Other Titles: Žert.
Responsibility: fully revised by the author, Milan Kundera.

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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"--Page 1 of cover.

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