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Political Humor Under Stalin is an anthology of jokes, wisecracks, and satire from the Soviet 1930s and 40s that provides a glimpse of everyday dissembling and dissent in one of the modern world's most repressive societies. More than merely a joke book, it offers no less than a folkloric counter narrative to the "official" history of the USSR, as well as a ground-breaking discussion of the culture of joke-telling under Stalin.
political humor, Soviet Union, Stalin
School of Arts and Sciences
Creative Writing | Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies
Brandenberger, David, ed. Political Humor Under Stalin: An Anthology of Unofficial Jokes and Anecdotes. Bloomington, IN: Slavica Publishers, 2009.