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The Joke Audiobook

The Joke

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Publisher's Summary

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 favour 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. This audio edition provides English-language listeners 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.

©1967 Milan Kundera (P)2012 Canongate Books Ltd in partnership with Faber and Faber Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Kundera is the saddest, funniest, and most lovable of authors." (The Times)

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    Like meeting an old friend after a long absence. If you are familiar with his work, then this is a good place to start your audiobook journey of his fantastic novels. The jumping between characters can otherwise be a bit confusing.

    The best part of reading Kundera is the phenomenal insight he brings to the human condition

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