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The Joke

Milan Kundera

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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Richmond Hoxie

Length:

11h 46m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:29


Part 1
Part 1

22:29


Part 2, Chapter 1
Part 2, Chapter 1

09:39


Part 2, Chapter 2
Part 2, Chapter 2

08:38


Part 2, Chapter 3
Part 2, Chapter 3

06:07


Part 3, Chapter 1
Part 3, Chapter 1

03:25


Part 3, Chapter 2
Part 3, Chapter 2

10:50


Part 3, Chapter 3
Part 3, Chapter 3

13:11


Part 3, Chapter 4
Part 3, Chapter 4

21:38


Part 3, Chapter 5
Part 3, Chapter 5

11:41


Part 3, Chapter 6
Part 3, Chapter 6

26:01


Part 3, Chapter 7
Part 3, Chapter 7

17:20


Part 3, Chapter 8
Part 3, Chapter 8

13:52


Part 3, Chapter 9
Part 3, Chapter 9

14:21


Part 3, Chapter 10
Part 3, Chapter 10

18:34


Part 3, Chapter 11
Part 3, Chapter 11

11:19


Part 3, Chapter 12
Part 3, Chapter 12

23:14


Part 3, Chapter 13
Part 3, Chapter 13

26:22


Part 3, Chapter 14
Part 3, Chapter 14

13:17


Part 4, Chapter 1
Part 4, Chapter 1

08:02


Part 4, Chapter 2
Part 4, Chapter 2

06:43


Part 4, Chapter 3
Part 4, Chapter 3

05:18


Part 4, Chapter 4
Part 4, Chapter 4

11:22


Part 4, Chapter 5
Part 4, Chapter 5

07:10


Part 4, Chapter 6
Part 4, Chapter 6

11:26


Part 4, Chapter 7
Part 4, Chapter 7

17:24


Part 4, Chapter 8
Part 4, Chapter 8

06:35


Part 4, Chapter 9
Part 4, Chapter 9

13:11


Part 4, Chapter 10
Part 4, Chapter 10

04:35


Part 5, Chapter 1
Part 5, Chapter 1

32:52


Part 5, Chapter 2
Part 5, Chapter 2

23:01


Part 5, Chapter 3
Part 5, Chapter 3

24:01


Part 5, Chapter 4
Part 5, Chapter 4

24:44


Part 5, Chapter 5
Part 5, Chapter 5

01:55


Part 6, Chapter 1
Part 6, Chapter 1

01:29


Part 6, Chapter 2
Part 6, Chapter 2

03:59


Part 6, Chapter 3
Part 6, Chapter 3

03:27


Part 6, Chapter 4
Part 6, Chapter 4

03:51


Part 6, Chapter 5
Part 6, Chapter 5

02:45


Part 6, Chapter 6
Part 6, Chapter 6

05:22


Part 6, Chapter 7
Part 6, Chapter 7

02:50


Part 6, Chapter 8
Part 6, Chapter 8

01:24


Part 6, Chapter 9
Part 6, Chapter 9

02:45


Part 6, Chapter 10
Part 6, Chapter 10

04:23


Part 6, Chapter 11
Part 6, Chapter 11

04:22


Part 6, Chapter 12
Part 6, Chapter 12

03:51


Part 6, Chapter 13
Part 6, Chapter 13

02:10


Part 6, Chapter 14
Part 6, Chapter 14

04:21


Part 6, Chapter 15
Part 6, Chapter 15

03:32


Part 6, Chapter 16
Part 6, Chapter 16

05:01


Part 6, Chapter 17
Part 6, Chapter 17

05:53


Part 6, Chapter 18
Part 6, Chapter 18

06:56


Part 6, Chapter 19
Part 6, Chapter 19

02:23


Part 6, Chapter 20
Part 6, Chapter 20

04:00


Part 7, Chapter 1
Part 7, Chapter 1

09:25


Part 7, Chapter 2
Part 7, Chapter 2

08:19


Part 7, Chapter 3
Part 7, Chapter 3

06:51


Part 7, Chapter 4
Part 7, Chapter 4

05:03


Part 7, Chapter 5
Part 7, Chapter 5

09:33


Part 7, Chapter 6
Part 7, Chapter 6

06:58


Part 7, Chapter 7
Part 7, Chapter 7

08:32


Part 7, Chapter 8
Part 7, Chapter 8

01:24


Part 7, Chapter 9
Part 7, Chapter 9

02:48


Part 7, Chapter 10
Part 7, Chapter 10

00:55


Part 7, Chapter 11
Part 7, Chapter 11

03:32


Part 7, Chapter 12
Part 7, Chapter 12

01:10


Part 7, Chapter 13
Part 7, Chapter 13

09:34


Part 7, Chapter 14
Part 7, Chapter 14

06:18


Part 7, Chapter 15
Part 7, Chapter 15

02:57


Part 7, Chapter 16
Part 7, Chapter 16

04:28


Part 7, Chapter 17
Part 7, Chapter 17

29:56


Part 7, Chapter 18
Part 7, Chapter 18

11:28


Part 7, Chapter 19
Part 7, Chapter 19

21:42


Part 7, Chapter 20
Part 7, Chapter 20

09:27


Part 7, Chapter 21
Part 7, Chapter 21

01:04