The Joke Summary

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  • 7 Literature Criticisms
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322 words, approx. 2 pages
Critical Essay by Clive Jordan In Czechoslovakia it's still little more than a year since progressive writers like Milan Kundera were associated with Dubcek's noble attempt to build �... Read more
425 words, approx. 2 pages
Critical Essay by Michael Berman "The Joke"—a Czech novel that measures up to Czechoslovakia's wonderfully human films—is 40-year-old Milan Kundera's first no... Read more
751 words, approx. 3 pages
Critical Essay by D.a.n. Jones When a first-rate novel comes to us from Communist Europe, we do not want it sterilized and packaged; we want it raw. Last year, the Czechoslovakian author of The Joke w... Read more
1,785 words, approx. 6 pages
Critical Essay by LubomÍr DoleŽel A follower of the tradition of the multiperspective novel in modern Czech fiction, Kundera made a substantial contribution to the development of its dev... Read more
1,239 words, approx. 5 pages
Critical Essay by Philip Roth [Philip Roth is credited with bringing Kundera's works to the attention of the English-speaking public. The essay from which this excerpt is taken was originally p... Read more
2,834 words, approx. 10 pages
Critical Essay by David Lodge Twenty years ago, when the Critical Quarterly and I were young, and Milan Kundera was writing The Joke and wondering, no doubt, whether he would be allowed to publish it,... Read more
898 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following excerpt, Wilhelmus evaluates "the new 'definitive' version" of The Joke in relation to contemporary history. In Thus Spoke Zarathustra, the animals say to ... Read more