The joke

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Macdonald, 1969 - Fiction - 296 pages
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User Review  - Komal - Goodreads

Hey guys, so this review is a bit stuffy, shallow and formal because it was for a class report and I wrote it last minute. It also CONTAINS SPOILERS. So proceed with caution if you're thinking of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Farhan Khalid - Goodreads

"Let me be perfectly honest: I was a man of many faces." "They were all real" "I had several faces because I was young and didn't know who I was or wanted to be. "She was constitutionally unable to ... Read full review


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One of the foremost contemporary Czech writers, Kundera is a novelist, poet, and playwright. His play The Keeper of the Keys, produced in Czechoslovakia in 1962, has long been performed in a dozen countries. His first novel, The Joke (1967), is a biting satire on the political atmosphere in Czechoslovakia in the 1950s. It tells the story of a young Communist whose life is ruined because of a minor indiscretion: writing a postcard to his girlfriend in which he mocks her political fervor.The Joke has been translated into a dozen languages and was made into a film, which Kundera wrote and directed. His novel Life Is Elsewhere won the 1973 Prix de Medicis for the best foreign novel. Kundera has been living in France since 1975. His books, for a long time suppressed in his native country, are once again published.The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984), won him international fame and was a successful English-language film. In this work Kundera moves toward more universal and philosophically tinged themes, thus transforming himself from a political dissident into a writer of international significance.

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