The Joke (Four Copies

KUNDERA, Milan. The Joke (Four Copies).

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KUNDERA, Milan The Joke (Four Copies) 1) Praha, Ceskoslovensky Spistovatel 1967
2) New York, Harper Row Publishers, 1982
3) London, Faber and Faber, 1983
4) New York, Coward-Mccann, 1969

Four copies, including;
1) White cloth bound with green and black title lettering; end papers patterned white and black; Green and white dust wrapper; upper edge green, pp. [6] 7- 292 [4]; frayed ribbon marker; slight discolouration at bottom of spine; dust wrapper nicked at the top of spine, slight tear at top right corner of back wrapper as wel as lower panel, otherwise very good.
First Czech Edition
2) Black cloth backed paper covered boards with red printed star at bottom edge and gold lettering to spine; black illustrated dust wrapper designed by Fred Marcellino; pp. [8], vii-xii, [2], 267, [4]; distinct stains to back board, crease to front flap, rubbed at head of spine, otherwise near fine.
First US Edition of a Complete Translation
3) Black cloth backed paper covered boards with gold lettering to spine; black illustrated dust wrapper deisgned by Fred Marcellino; pp. [8] vii-xii, [2] 267, [4]; slight foxing to fore edges; a few ink stains on pages 24-25, minor crease to front flap, otherwise near fine.
First UK Edition
4) Purple cloth backed green boards; lilac end papers; Green and purple dust jacket designed by Rob Cobuzio; pp [9] 10- 288, black lettering on spine faded; spine head and food slightly bruised, front flap also price clipped; otherwise near fine.
First American Edition
The debut novel of the author of the modern classic, The Unberable Lightness of Being , Milan Kundera's The Joke is the story of a young student whose private joke within the oppresive environment of Communist Czechoslovakia derails his very existence. Although the mauscript was completed in 1965, censorship pushed back it's publication date until it was eventually banned entirely when the Soviet Union invaded. Friction between Kundera's cries for political reform and the regieme caused him to flea to exile in Paris. In an ironic play on the novel's title, he would write in The Joke,“People who shout joy from the rooftops are often the saddest of all.”. With it's wildly extensive legacy, French Poet Louis Aragon christened it "One of the greatest novels of the century".