Laughable Loves

KUNDERA, Milan. Laughable Loves.

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KUNDERA, Milan Laughable Loves 1) Praha, Cekoslovensky Spisovatel, 1965
2) London, John Murray, 1978

1) 8vo. White cloth bound with black lettering to spine and title on front board featuring illustration of a black moon; black upper edge, Yellow dust jacket with black and white photograph of a chained door and to the back panel an illustration of an outstretched hand, dust jacket is printed to reverse, pp. [4] 5-78 [6]; Offsetting of yellow strip onto title page, Various chips and nicks to dust jacket edges and rubs, frayed book marker otherwise text block near fine and dust jacket good.
2) 8vo. Blue boards with gold lettering to spine; dust jacket with illustration by Charles Shields; pp. [6] vii-xvi [2] 3-242 [2], fine.
1st UK edition together with the 1st Czech edition
Milan Kundera's Laughable Love's is a collection of seven short stories which were banned upon their publication in 1968 Prague. The stories revolve around the complex erotic strategies employed by men and women as they come to reocncile their sexual and romantic impulses, melding deep tragedy with comic situations. As Claude Roy wrote, "Kundera's stories are dances…experienced by Chekhov….X-Rayed by Freud".