Category: Satire

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

By Mark Twain

One of many maximum satires in American literature, Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court starts while Hank Morgan, a talented mechanic in a nineteenth-century New England fingers manufacturing facility, is struck at the head in the course of a quarrel and awakens to discover himself one of the knights and magicians of King Arthur’s Camelot.

What follows is a tradition conflict of the 1st value, as practical-minded Hank, disgusted with the lack of know-how and superstition of the folks, comes to a decision to enlighten them with schooling and expertise. via a chain of splendidly imaginitive adventures, Twain celebrates American homespun ingenuity and democracy compared to the backward ineptitude of a chivalric monarchy. while, notwithstanding, Twain increases the query of no matter if fabric development unavoidably creates a greater society. As Hank turns into extra robust and self-righteous, he additionally turns into extra ruthless, extra autocratic, and no more capable of keep an eye on occasions, until eventually the one approach out is a hugely harmful war.

While the darkish pessimism that may absolutely blossom in Twain’s later works should be discerned in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, the unconventional will however be remembered basically for its wild leaps of mind's eye, magnificent wit, and exciting storytelling.

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Judas Der Erzschelm

By Abraham a Sancta Clara

Abraham a Sancta Clara veröffentlichte eine Sammlung Gelegenheitsschriften unter dem Titel Reim dich oder ich lis’ dich (1684); danach wandte er sich einem anspruchsvollerem Unternehmen zu, das ihn zehn Jahre lang beschäftigte und in vier Bänden als Judas der Erzschelm (1686–1695) erschien: Die apokryphe Biographie Judas Ischariots bildete den roten Faden durch eine Vielzahl predigtartiger Betrachtungen satirischer, humoristischer und moralisierender artwork.

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Moscow Stations

By Stephen Mulrine, Venedikt Erofeev

Venichka Erofeev (Venya), cultured alcoholic, self-mocking highbrow, regales us with an account of his ‘heroic’ odyssey from Moscow to provincial Petushki. tales of his wealthy, turbulent internal lifestyles abound as he staggers via Brezhnev’s Moscow and encounters harmful, eccentric and infrequently hilarious strangers on a teach. His trip ends whilst destiny cruelly intervenes – curbing the brilliant landscape of Russian lifestyles that we have got visible via Venya’s eyes.

Stephen Mulrine’s edition for one actor of Erofeev’s cult novel has been hugely acclaimed on BBC Radio three, on the Edinburgh competition, London’s West finish, and long island in Tom Courtenay’s ‘blissfully humorous’ performance.

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Old Masters: A Comedy (Phoenix Fiction)

By Thomas Bernhard, Ewald Osers

In this exuberantly satirical novel, the show Atzbacher has been
summoned by means of his buddy Reger to satisfy him in a Viennese museum. whereas
Reger gazes at a Tintoretto portrait, Atzbacher—who fears Reger's
plans to kill himself—gives us a portrait of the musicologist: his
wisdom, his devotion to his spouse, and his love-hate dating with
art. With traditionally acerbic wit, Bernhard exposes the
pretensions and aspirations of humanity in a singular immediately pessimistic
and unusually exhilarating.

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Beautiful You

By Chuck Palahniuk

Penny Harrigan is a low-level affiliate in an incredible long island legislation company. She has an condominium, yet no love existence. while C. Linus Maxwell, a mega-billionaire and foreign playboy, invitations her to dinner after which whisks her off to a inn in Paris, the place he brings her to undreamed-of heights of sexual gratification for days on finish, Penny is, good, happy. besides the fact that, while Penny discovers she is a attempt topic for a line of lady intercourse toys so powerful that girls through the hundreds of thousands are lining up outdoor the shops to shop for it on beginning day, she is familiar with the gravity the location. one billion husbands are approximately to get replaced. what's Maxwell fairly as much as? Erotically enabled international domination? Penny units out to find his motivations, and with a bit support, cease him earlier than it really is too past due.

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Blue Angel: A Novel

By Francine Prose

It has been years seeing that Swenson, a professor in a brand new England inventive writing software, has released a unique. it has been even longer considering that any of his scholars have proven promise. input Angela Argo, a pierced, tattooed scholar with an extraordinary expertise for writing. Angela is simply the object Swenson wishes. And, larger but, she desires his support. yet, as we know, the line to hell is paved with strong intentions. . . .

Deliciously risqué, Blue Angel is a withering tackle contemporary educational mores and a scathing story that vividly exhibits what can occur whilst educational politics collides with political correctness.

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Dead Souls (Dover Thrift Editions)

A stranger arrives in a Russian backwater group with a extraordinary proposition for the neighborhood landowners: money for his or her "dead souls," the serfs who've died of their provider and for whom they need to proceed to pay taxes until eventually the subsequent census. The landowner gets a money and a aid of his tax burden, and the stranger gets — what? Gogol's comedian masterpiece deals an enormous and satirical portray of the Russian landscape because it lines the trail and encounters of its mysterious protagonist in pursuit of his doubtful scheme. Dead Souls, considered as either a practical portrait of 19th-century Russia and a piece of serious symbolism, maintains to motivate twenty first century authors and readers.

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Before and During (Dedalus Europe)

By Vladimir Sharov

Set in a psychiatric sanatorium in Moscow within the lengthy many years of late-Soviet stagnation, sooner than and through sweeps the reader clear of its dismal atmosphere on a chain of fantastical tours into the Russian past.
We meet Leo Tolstoy’s dual brother, eaten through the nice author in his mother’s womb, purely to be born as Tolstoy’s ‘son’; the philosopher-hermit Nikolai Fyodorov, who believed that the typical activity of humanity used to be the actual resurrection in their ancestors; a self-replicating Madame de Staël who, in the course of her moment lifestyles, is carried via plague-ridden Russia in a tumbler palanquin and turns into Fyodorov’s lover; and the composer Alexander Scriabin, who preaches to Lenin at the shorelines of Lake Geneva.
Out of those intoxicating, darkly comedian fantasies – all defined in a major, regular voice – Sharov seeks to retrieve the hidden connections and hidden strivings of the Russian earlier, its wild, lustful quest for justice, salvation and God. 'Before and through isn't a old novel. quite, it truly is toward considered one of Mikhail Bakhtin's carnivalesque venues, a Menippean satire during which old fact, in all its irreversible awfulness, is for a second scrambled, eroticized ... and illuminated via hilarious monologues of the dead... There are awesome stretches: an exegesis of Tolstoy's failure to accomplish the great in his personal family;... an superb olfactory heritage of the 1st global conflict and Revolution via Scriabin's song. How Sharov resolves the rejection of loss of life is mainly good... With this stylish and dry-eyed translation by way of Oliver prepared, anglophone audiences can eventually weigh in.' Caryl Emerson within the instances Literary complement 'Sharov has assimilated, maybe greater than any of his contemporaries, the creative and philosophical legacy of either the 19th and 20th centuries of Russian literature. Like Dostoevsky, he's over the top now not so as to deny, misrepresent, or flee truth yet, really, to catch it extra accurately.' Thomas Epstein, Boston collage

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Choke

By Chuck Palahniuk

Victor Mancini, a medical-school dropout, is an antihero for our deranged occasions. desiring to pay elder deal with his mom, Victor has devised an inventive rip-off: he pretends to choke on items of meals whereas eating in upscale eating places. He then permits himself to be “saved” by means of fellow buyers who, feeling accountable for Victor’s lifestyles, pass directly to ship tests to help him. while he’s now not pulling this stunt, Victor cruises sexual habit restoration workshops for motion, visits his addled mother, and spends his days operating at a colonial subject matter park. His author, Chuck Palahniuk, is the visionary we want and the satirist we deserve.

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