First Edition of Milan Kundera's The Book of Laughter and Forgetting; Inscribed by Him

  • The Book of Laughter and Forgetting.

The Book of Laughter and Forgetting.


Item Number: 25096

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1980.

First edition of the novel that brought Kundera his first big international success. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by Milan Kundera. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Translated from the Czech by Michael Henry Heim. Jacket design by Fred Marcellino. Uncommon signed and inscribed.

"The Book of Laughter and Forgetting calls itself a novel, although it is part fairy tale, part literary criticism, part political tract, part musicology, and part autobiography. It can call itself whatever it wants to, because the whole is genius" (New York Times). "This book, as it bluntly calls itself, is brilliant and original, written with the purity and wit that invite us directly in" (John Updike).

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