The Joke Questions and Answers

The Joke

The Joke is written as a satire of the Czech Communist party and so is an inherently political novel. The book intends to poke fun at the party's humorlessness and the ways that it rejects...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2019 10:31 pm UTC

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The Joke

Kundera makes an argument in The Joke that humor is complex and intricate. It is complex and intricate because it can help to provide a frame of reference for our world and our place in it. Such...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2015 2:20 pm UTC

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The Joke

The Joke is a historical novel by Milan Kundera. The protagonist, Ludvik, while in his youth is smitten with a fellow student named Marketa. Feeling a lack of self-assurance, Ludvik uses sarcastic...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2015 3:57 pm UTC

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The Joke

If you want to put a simple political take on it, The Joke is a reaction to the eventual takeover of Czechoslovakia by Communism. Kundera continually combines the personal with the political...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2015 10:12 am UTC

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The Joke

This is Milan Kundera's first novel, originally published in Czechoslovakia in 1967. We get the viewpoints of four different characters, and, together, these give us a full picture of what life was...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2017 1:59 pm UTC

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The Joke

One of Kundera's themes is arguably the question of whether Communism can in fact be reconciled with tradition and a reasonably "normal" type of existence. The protagonist, Ludvik, is plunged into...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2019 11:14 pm UTC

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