Political Humor Under Stalin: An Anthology of Unofficial Jokes and Anecdotes

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David Brandenberger
Slavica, 2009 - Humor - 158 pages
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Political Humor under Stalin is an anthology of jokes, wisecracks, and satire from the Soviet 1930s and '40s that provides a glimpse of everyday dissembling and dissent in one of the modern world's most repressive societies. More than merely a joke book, it offers no less than a folkloric counter-narrative to the official history of the USSR, as well as a ground-breaking discussion of the culture of joke-telling under Stalin.

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