Category: Satire

  • Good Offices: A Novel

    By Evelio Rosero, Anne McLean, Anna Milsom

    Author note: Translated via Anna Milsom and Anne McLean
    Publish yr note: First released in 2011

    With a skilfully created, idiosyncratic narrator in Tancredo, and peopled with carnivalesque characters, sturdy places of work is a fantastically poetic, compact and bright satire at the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church.

    Tancredo, a tender hunchback, observes and participates within the goings-on on the church during which he lives below the care of pop Almida. additionally in place of abode are the sexton Celeste Machado, his goddaughter Sabina Cruz, and 3 widows identified jointly because the Lilias, who do the cooking and cleansing and supply charity nutrients for the neighborhood bad and needy.

    One Thursday, Father Almida and the sexton need to rush off to fulfill the parish's valuable benefactor, Don Justiniano. it will likely be the 1st time Father Almida has no longer given mass for 40 years. finally they discover a stand-in in, Father Matamoros, a drunkard with a stunning voice whose sung mass is spellbinding to all. The Lilias arrange a luxurious meal for Father Matamoros, who persuades them to drink with him. Over the process the lengthy evening the ladies and Tancredo lose their inhibitions and confess their very own sins and tales to this unusual priest, in addition to these of others.
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  • Choke

    By Chuck Palahniuk

    Victor Mancini, a medical-school dropout, is an antihero for our deranged occasions. wanting to pay elder take care of 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” via fellow consumers who, feeling chargeable for Victor’s existence, move directly to ship exams to aid him. whilst he’s now not pulling this stunt, Victor cruises sexual dependancy restoration workshops for motion, visits his addled mother, and spends his days operating at a colonial topic park. His writer, Chuck Palahniuk, is the visionary we'd like and the satirist we deserve.
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  • The Republic of Wine: A Novel

    By Mo Yan, Howard Goldblatt

    In this hypnotic epic novel, Mo Yan, the main severely acclaimed chinese language author of this iteration, takes us on a trip to a conjured province of up to date China referred to as the Republic of Wine—a corrupt and hallucinatory international choked with superstitions, gargantuan appetites, and surrealistic occasions. while rumors succeed in the experts that unusual and over the top gourmandise is being practiced within the urban of Liquorland (so named for the awesome volume of alcohol produced and ate up there), veteran particular investigator Ding Gou'er is dispatched from the capital to find the reality. His challenge starts off on the Mount Lou Coal Mine, the place he encounters the top suspect—Deputy Head Diamond Jin, mythical for his capability to carry his liquor. through the resulting ingesting duel at a ceremonial dinner served in Ding's honor, the investigator loses all experience of fact, and will not inform no matter if the roast suckling served is of the animal or human kind. whilst he eventually wakes up from his stupor, he has nonetheless came upon no solutions to his swiftly mounting questions. Worse but, he quickly unearths that his trusty gun is lacking.  

     Interspersed through the narrative—and Ding's faltering investigation—are letters despatched to Mo Yan by way of one Li Yidou, a doctoral candidate in Liquor stories and an aspiring author. each one letter encompasses a tale that Li would favor the well known author's assist in getting released. even though, Li's stories, each one extra awesome and malevolent than the final, quickly commence alarmingly to resemble the tale of Ding's carrying on with travails in Liquorland. Peopled by way of striking characters—a dwarf, a scaly demon, a troupe of plump, delectable boys raised in captivity, a cookery instructor who primes her scholars with great recipes—Mo Yan's progressive travel de strength reaffirms his recognition as a author of global status. Wild, bawdy, politically explosive, and subversive, The Republic of Wine is either spell binding and exhilarating, proving that no repressive regime can stifle actual artistic imagination.

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  • Roman Satire and the Old Comic Tradition

    By Jennifer L. Ferriss-Hill

    Quintilian famously claimed that satire was once tota nostra, or absolutely ours, yet this leading edge quantity demonstrates that lots of Roman Satire's so much detailed features derived from old Greek outdated Comedy. Jennifer L. Ferriss-Hill analyzes the writings of Lucilius, Horace, and Persius, highlighting the positive factors that they crafted at the version of Aristophanes and his fellow poets: the authoritative but compromised writer; the self-referential discussions of poetics that vacillate among protective and competitive; the deployment of non-public invective within the carrier of literary polemics; and the abiding curiosity in criticizing members, varieties, and language itself. the 1st book-length research in English at the dating among Roman Satire and outdated Comedy, Roman Satire and the previous comedian culture will entice scholars and researchers in classics, comparative literature, and English.
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  • Before and During (Dedalus Europe)

    By Vladimir Sharov

    Set in a psychiatric hospital 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 sequence of fantastical tours into the Russian past.
We meet Leo Tolstoy’s dual brother, eaten via the nice author in his mother’s womb, in basic terms to be born as Tolstoy’s ‘son’; the philosopher-hermit Nikolai Fyodorov, who believed that the typical job of humanity was once 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 pitcher palanquin and turns into Fyodorov’s lover; and the composer Alexander Scriabin, who preaches to Lenin at the beaches of Lake Geneva.
Out of those intoxicating, darkly comedian fantasies – all defined in a significant, 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 historic novel. quite, it truly is in the direction of one among Mikhail Bakhtin's carnivalesque venues, a Menippean satire within which ancient truth, in all its irreversible awfulness, is for a second scrambled, eroticized ... and illuminated through hilarious monologues of the dead... There are superb stretches: an exegesis of Tolstoy's failure to accomplish the great in his personal family;... an spectacular olfactory background of the 1st international struggle and Revolution via Scriabin's track. How Sharov resolves the rejection of demise is principally good... With this dependent and dry-eyed translation through Oliver prepared, anglophone audiences can eventually weigh in.' Caryl Emerson within the instances Literary complement 'Sharov has assimilated, probably 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 as a way to deny, misrepresent, or flee fact yet, particularly, to seize it extra accurately.' Thomas Epstein, Boston university
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  • The White Guard

    "White Guard," Mikhail Bulgakov's semi-autobiographical first novel, is the tale of the Turbin kin in Kiev in 1918. Alexei, Elena, and Nikolka Turbin have simply misplaced their mother--their father had died years before--and locate themselves plunged into the chaotic civil struggle that erupted within the Ukraine within the wake of the Russian Revolution. within the context of this family's own loss and the social turmoil surrounding them, Bulgakov creates an excellent photograph of the existential crises caused via the revolution and the lack of social, ethical, and political certainties. He confronts the reader with the bewildering cruelty that ripped Russian existence aside first and foremost of the final century in addition to with the intense ways that the Turbins preserved their humanity. during this quantity Marian Schwartz, a number one translator, bargains the 1st entire and actual translation of the definitive unique textual content of Bulgakov's novel. She contains the well-known dream series, passed over in past translations, and wonderfully solves the stylistic matters raised through Bulgakov's decorative prose. Readers with an curiosity in Russian literature, tradition, or historical past will welcome this amazing translation of Bulgakov's very important early paintings. This version additionally comprises an informative ancient essay via Evgeny Dobrenko.
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  • The Twelve Chairs

    By Ilya Ilf, Evgeny Petrov

    The Twelve Chairs (Russian: Двенадцать стульев, Dvenadtsat stulyev) is a vintage satirical novel by way of the Odessan Soviet authors Ilf and Petrov, published in 1928. Its major personality Ostap Bender reappears within the book's sequel The Little Golden Calf.
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  • Animal Farm, 50th Anniversary Edition

    By George Orwell


    Animal Farm is the main well-known via some distance of all twentieth-century political allegories. Its account of a bunch of barnyard animals who insurrection opposed to their vicious human grasp, in basic terms to undergo a tyranny erected by way of their very own variety, can really be stated to became a common drama. Orwell is among the only a few sleek satirists akin to Jonathan speedy in energy, artistry, and ethical authority; in animal farm his spare prose and the good judgment of his darkish comedy brilliantly spotlight his stark message.


    Taking as his start line the betrayed promise of the Russian Revolution, Orwell lays out a imaginative and prescient that, in its sour knowledge, supplies us the clearest figuring out we own of the potential effects of our social and political acts.

    (Book Jacket prestige: Jacketed)

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  • Parkinson's Law or the Pursuit of Progress

    By C. Northcote Parkinson

    Parkinson's legislations states that 'work expands to fill the time available'. whereas strenuously denied through administration experts, bureaucrats and potency specialists, the legislations is borne out by way of disinterested remark of any association. The publication is going some distance past its recognized theorem, notwithstanding. the writer is going directly to clarify find out how to meet crucial humans at a get together and why, as an issue of mathematical simple task, the time spent debating a subject matter is inversely proportional to its target value. Justly well-known for greater than 40 years, Parkinson's legislation is instantly a bracingly cynical primer at the fact of human association, and an innoculation opposed to the wilful optimism to which we as a species are companies.
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  • Jane Slayre

    By Sherri Browning Erwin

    A undying story of love,  devotion . . . and the undead.
     Jane Slayre, our plucky demon-slaying heroine, a brave orphan who spurns the detestable vampyre family members who raised her, units out at the recommendation of her ghostly uncle to hone her talents because the fearless slayer she's intended to be. while she takes a role as a governess at a rustic property, she falls head-over-heels for her new grasp, Mr. Rochester, merely to find he is hiding a violent werewolf within the attic--in the shape of his first spouse. Can a menagerie of bloodthirsty, flesh-eating, savage creatures-of-the-night retain a swashbuckling nineteenth-century girl from the gentleman she intends to marry? Vampyres, zombies, and werewolves remodel Charlotte Brontë's unforgettable masterpiece into an eerie paranormal event that might satisfaction and terrify.
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