The Joke: A Novel for Contemporary America

Milan Kundera, the Czech novelist famous for his novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being, published his first novel in 1967. The title of that novel was The Joke, and its publication caused him to be thrown out of the Communist Party, lose his job, and lose any ability to legally hold a job. When he decided to leave Czechoslovakia, the authorities simply looked the other way as he snuck out of the country for Switzerland, and later, Paris, France.

What was so offensive about The Joke that Kundera would be treated this way?

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Conscious Paradoxalism is collection of essays on Metamodern Aesthetics. The revolution of the Renaissance gave rise to Academic normal art. The revolution of Modernism gave rise to Postmodern art, the new academic normal art. Metamodernism is the new revolution.

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Troy Camplin

Troy Camplin

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I am the author of “Diaphysics” and the novel “Hear the Screams of the Butterfly.” I am a consultant, poet, playwright, novelist, and interdisciplinary scholar.