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Tréfa [by] Kundera, Milan


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Tréfa [by] Kundera, Milan


  • Novel
  • Language: Hungarian
  • Release date: 1987
  • Publisher: AB Független, Budapest
  • Pages: 372
  • Samizdat edition

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Tréfa [The Joke] [by] Kundera, Milan
Budapest, 1987. AB Független. 372 [2] p.
Publishing paperback. Cover designed by László Rajk. Poss.: Tóth, Imre popular teacher (stamp). In good condition.  Hungarian samizdat edition.

In Communist régimes the publication of many material were illegal and therefor underground publishings and secret ways of spreading of “samizdat” books developed. Samizdat editions, mostly political pamphlets, appeared in Hungary in the 1970s in the poor form of carbon copies of typescripts. Later in the 80s the so-called Democratic Opposition in Hungary established semi-underground publishings, like “AB Független” to publish not merely political literature but also literature that was banned by the Communist politics.

In his first novel, The Joke (1967), he gave a satirical account of the nature of totalitarianism in the Communist era. Published directly in front of the Prague Spring.  Kundera was quick to criticize the Soviet invasion in 1968. This led to his blacklisting in Czechoslovakia and his works being banned there.

The book was immediately translated into Hungarian and was about to be officially published in 1968. However due to the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw Pact nations, among them Hungary in August 1968, the already printed and bound volumes never reached the bookstores, the title became banned, and most copies were destroyed. Eventually, twenty years later, in 1986, the book was first published in Hungarian, still underground, in this samizdat edition, by the AB Független Kiadó (AB Independent Publisher).

Weight 400 g
Dimensions 10.1 × 14.1 cm


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