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Read online The Joke.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Joke 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 by Milan Kundera

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The Joke
Title:The Joke
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ISBN:0571166938
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Number of Pages:371
Category:fiction, czech-literature, literature, novels, classics
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Klima a celebrated jazz trumpeter receives a phone call announcing that a young nurse with whom he spent a brief night at a fertility spa is pregnant She has decided he is the father br br And so begins a comedy which during five madcap days unfolds with ever increasing speed Klima s beautiful jealous wife the nurse s equally jealous boyfriend a fanatical gynaecologist a rich American at once Don Juan and saint and an elderly political prisoner who just before his emigration is holding a farewell party at the spa are all drawn into this black comedy as in b A Midsummer Night s Dream b br br As usual Milan Kundera poses serious questions with a blasphemous lightness which makes us understand that the modern world has taken away our right to tragedy, i Laughable Loves i is a collection of stories that first appeared in print in Prague before but was then banned The seven stories are all concerned with love or rather with the complex erotic games and stratagems employed by women and especially men as they try to come to terms with needs and impulses that can start a terrifying train of events Sexual attraction is shown as a game that often turns sour an experience that brings with it painful insights and releases uncertainty panic vanity and a constant need for reassurance Thus a young couple on holiday start a game of pretence that threatens to destroy their relationship two middle aged men go in search of girls they don t really want a young man renews contact with an older woman who feels humiliated by her ageing body an elderly doctor uses his beautiful wife to increase his attraction and minister to his sexual vanity In i Laughable Loves i Milan Kundera shows himself once again as a master of fiction s most graceful illusions and surprises, 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 br br 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 author initially intended to call this novel em The Lyrical Age em The lyrical age according to Kundera is youth and this novel above all is an epic of adolescence an ironic epic that tenderly erodes sacrosanct values childhood motherhood revolution and even poetry Jaromil is in fact a poet His mother made him a poet and accompanies him figuratively to his love bed and literally to his deathbed A ridiculous and touching character horrifying and totally innocent innocence with its bloody smile Jaromil is at the same time a true poet He s no creep he s Rimbaud Rimbaud entrapped by the communist revolution entrapped in a somber farce