Forbidden Laughter: Soviet Underground Jokes – Bilingual edition
Forbidden Laughter: Soviet Underground Jokes – Bilingual edition
Forbidden Laughter: Soviet Underground Jokes - Bilingual edition
by Emil Draitser

Первый двуязычный (англо-русский) сборник аутентичных советских подпольных анекдотов – в основном политических, но также этнических, а иногда и эротических – опубликованных в Соединенных Штатах в разгар холодной войны. (Иллюстрирован).

“… A veritable Joe Miller of Soviet Jokes… Humor struggles on in the Soviet Union.” — The New York Times

“These anti-government jokes are presumably told in whispers in their native Russia, but it is hard to see how secrecy can be maintained, for most of them should produce a noticeable yelp of mirth.” — The Atlantic Monthly

“The best jokes Russia has produced” — Los Angeles Times

“A splendid collection of Soviet underground jokes by [one of the] world greatest joke-writers.” — Daily Telegraph (London)

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