Publication details [#4143]

Kuhiwczak, Piotr. 1990. Translation as appropriation: the case of Milan Kundera's The Joke. In Bassnett, Susan and André Lefevere, eds. Translation, history and culture. London: Pinter. pp. 118–130.
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Article in jnl/bk
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Target language
Person as a subject
Title as subject


The article examines the first translations (c. 1969) into English of Kundera's work. These were very target-oriented, condensed and normalized, with very few restrictions. English-speaking critics did not seem to have any grounds for complaint but Kundera was extremely angry. In 1970 a new translation was published which was closer to the original but it was not until 1983 that a new version acceptable to the author came out.
Source : BITRA / J. Franco