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The Joke

Kundera, Milan

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ISBN 10: 0060149876 / ISBN 13: 9780060149871
Published by Harper & Row, New York, 1982
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Translated from the Czech by Michael Henry Heim; first U.S. edition of a complete translation. Published in Czechoslovakia in 1967. Bottom of spine slightly rubbed; edges of covers very slightly rubbed. Edges of jacket lightly chipped. Size: 5 5/8" x 8 3/8". Bookseller Inventory # 000804

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Title: The Joke

Publisher: Harper & Row, New York

Publication Date: 1982

Binding: Paper Boards; Cloth Spine

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Fine

Edition: First U.S. Trade Edition.

Book Type: 8vo

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The Joke, Milan Kundera's first novel, gained him a huge following in his own country and launched his worldwide literary reputation. In his foreword Kundera explains why this completely revised translation is the definitive edition of his work.'It is impossible to do justice here to the subtleties, comedy and wisdom of this very beautiful novel. The author of The Joke is clearly one of the best to be found anywhere.' Salman Rushdie, Observer

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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.

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