- Publisher: Penguin Books (1970)
- ISBN-10: 0140031669
- ISBN-13: 978-0140031669
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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This is Kundera's first major success, finished in 1965 and eventually published 1967 in the original Czech version ("Zert"), after managing to slip by the censors that had... Read morePublished 3 days ago by a retired neurologist
There's a disagreeable air of (for lack of a better term) "nihilism" pervading Kundera's _The Joke_. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Faterson
I had read Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being several years ago and loved it. I decided to pick up The Joke, and was again blown away. Read morePublished 3 months ago by JBS
When I first read this novel over a decade ago I loved it, but I don't think I really understood it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by M. C. Buell
Milan Kundera's first novel, The Joke, was initially published four and a half decades ago but stands the test of time as a great, tragic story of what happens when ordinary... Read morePublished 19 months ago by David Paul
This is the first book by Milan Kundera that I have read.
It was a gripping read, it was sad to see how a postcard sent as a joke could have such great rammifications in... Read more
Very well-written novel about the moral deformity of a man, those who act against him, and of the communist system as a whole. Read morePublished on September 8, 2007 by Hinkle Goldfarb
"Optimism is the opium of the people A healthy atmosphere stinks of stupidity. Long live Trotsky!" This is the joke, sent on a postcard for all the nosy official world to see,... Read morePublished on May 24, 2007 by Robert T. OKEEFFE
This is perhaps the best book by Milan Kundera. Rarely has been the absurdity of socialism described so well and the sketch describing "socialist baptism" is truly hilarious. Read morePublished on July 6, 2006 by I. P. H.