Category: Satire

  • Given

    By Sam Lipsyte

    Milo Burkes liv är försatt i fritt fall efter att han fått sparken från fundraisingavdelningen på ett tredje klassens universitet. Eller påbörjades fallet långt innan? Han skulle ju bli det amerikanska måleriets nya frälsare, nu sörjer han ett arbete som han aldrig ens velat ha. Dessutom misstänker Milo att hans fru träffat en annan och att hans treårige son egentligen föraktar honom. Oväntat ges dock Milo möjligheten att återfå sin anställning. Allt han behöver göra är att uppvakta en potentiell sponsor som less than oklara omständigheter efterfrågat hans inblandning. males det Milo tror är fallets slutpunkt, visar sig bara vara dess början.

    I Sam Lipsytes tredje roman Given avhandlas alltifrån barnuppfostran, klass och krig until romantiska komedier, internetporr och matlagningsprogram för dödsdömda. Den gemensamma nämnaren är ett Amerika där skillnaden mellan nationens självbild och den faktiska verkligheten aldrig kunnat vara större. En satirsk skildring över hur den amerikanska drömmen inte håller vad den lovat.

    "Sam Lipsyte är en stjärna i stigande, sanna mina ord. Han har simply skänkt världen sin tredje roman, Given, och han skriver en prosa som får läsaren - åtminstone denna läsare - att skratta högt och okontrollerat på ett sätt som gör att people tittat konstigt."
    - Jan Söderqvist, Svenska Dagbladet
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  • Dear White People: A Guide to Inter-racial Harmony in "Post-Racial" America

    By Justin Simien, Ian O'Phelan

    Within the satirical culture of the recent York instances bestseller Stuff White humans Like comes this witty significant other ebook to the “incredibly entertaining” (Indiewire) movie of an identical identify, which “heralds a clean and humorous new voice” (Variety).

    Right out of school, Justin Simien wrote a screenplay in regards to the nuanced stories of 4 black scholars on a predominantly white university campus. The movie, pricey White humans, garnered a Sundance Award for “Breakthrough Talent” and has been hailed via critics all over. Channeling the sensibility of the movie into this e-book, Simien will preserve you giggling together with his funny observations, no matter if you haven’t noticeable the satiric film.

    News Flash—the minimal variety of black buddies had to no longer look racist has simply been raised to 2. instead of panic, readers are suggested to buy a duplicate of expensive White humans. no matter if you're a expensive white individual brooding about why your black workplace mate is averting eye touch with you when you ran your arms via her hair, or you’re a black nerd who has to wreck it for your white associates that you’ve by no means noticeable The cord, this myth-busting, stereotype-diffusing advisor to a post-Obama international has whatever for you!

    With decision-making timber that can assist you come to a decision whilst it’s the fitting time to put on Blackface (hint: most likely by no means) and quizzes to figure out no matter if you’ve develop into the Token Black Friend™, pricey White humans is the final word silly-yet-authoritative instruction manual to assist the curious and careworn navigate racial microaggressions of their day-by-day lives.

    Based at the eponymous, award-winning movie, which has been lauded as “a shrewdpermanent, hilarious satire,” this tongue-in-cheek advisor is a must have that anyone who's in semi-regular touch with black humans can’t find the money for to overlook!
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  • Decline and Fall

    By Evelyn Waugh

    Despatched down from Oxford after a wild, drunken get together, Paul Pennyfeather is oddly shocked to discover himself qualifying for the placement of schoolmaster at a boys' inner most university in Wales. His colleagues are an collection of misfits, rascals and fools, together with Prendy (plagued via doubts) and Captain Grimes, who's constantly within the soup (or simply undeniable drunk). Then activities Day arrives, and with it the delectable Margot Beste-Chetwynde, floating on a scented breeze. because the farce unfolds in Evelyn Waugh's incredible debut as a novelist, the younger run rebel and nobody is secure, least of all Paul.
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  • The Terror of St Trinian's and Other Drawings (Penguin Modern Classics)

    By Ronald Searle

    Ronald Searle takes us again to the realm of the Gothic Public college in The Terror of St Trinian's. during this gloriously anarchic academy for younger girls we witness shootings, knifings, torture and witchcraft, in addition to many maidenly arts. the topic of many evergreen motion pictures, St Trinian's is synonymous with this kind of outrageous behaviour that may make a convict blench. This ebook additionally incorporates a collection of Ronald Searle's paintings from the non-school books, together with The Rake's Progress, Souls in Torment and Merry England, etc. and their e-book in a single volumes stakes Searle's declare to be the best and such a lot influential English satirist because the conflict.
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  • The Legs of Izolda Morgan: Selected Writings

    By Bruno Jasieński

    Thought of the enfant negative of the Polish avant-garde, lauded through critics and scorned by way of the general public, Bruno Jasieński without warning declared the top of Futurism in Poland quickly after his brief “novel” The Legs of Izolda Morgan seemed in 1923. a rare instance of Futurist prose, this great story cautions opposed to the laptop supplanting the human whereas the human physique is disaggregated into fetishized constituent components. As relevant to Jasieński's oeuvre, the textual content is positioned the following among seminal manifestoes and the $64000 essay “Polish Futurism,” which signaled the movement’s result in the context of its careworn reception in Poland, the towering impression of Mayakovsky, and what set it except the futurisms of Italy and Russia. The condensed tale “Keys” monitors Jasieński’s flip towards satire to lambaste the hypocrisies pervasive in robust associations, and this is often extra built within the longer grotesques from his time within the Soviet Union within the Nineteen Thirties. Translated into English from the Russian for the 1st time, those overdue tales reveal the nefarious absurdity of racial persecution and warmongering and the lengths social and political buildings will visit underpin them.
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  • Say Cheese

    Set within the Brezhnev period, this satirical novel is an exploration of residing freely in Soviet society. utilizing their cameras to inform truths, a bunch of photographers produces a model of fact fairly diversified to that which the country propounds. the writer additionally wrote "Generations of Winter".
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  • Candide

    By Voltaire

    Candide is a French satire first released in 1759 by way of Voltaire, a thinker of the Age of Enlightenment. The novella has been commonly translated, with English types titled Candide: or, involved in the simplest (1759); Candide: or, The Optimist (1762); and Candide: or, Optimism (1947). It starts off with a tender guy, Candide, who's dwelling a sheltered lifestyles in an Edenic paradise and being indoctrinated with Leibnizian optimism (or easily "optimism") through his mentor, Professor Pangloss. The paintings describes the abrupt cessation of this way of life, through Candide's sluggish, painful disillusionment as he witnesses and stories nice hardships on the earth. Voltaire concludes with Candide, if now not rejecting optimism outright, advocating a deeply sensible principle, "we needs to domesticate our garden", in lieu of the Leibnizian mantra of Pangloss, "all is for the simplest" within the "best of all attainable worlds". Candide is characterized through its sarcastic tone in addition to via its erratic, fantastical and fast-moving plot. A picaresque novel with a narrative just like that of a extra critical bildungsroman, it parodies many event and romance clichés, the struggles of that are caricatured in a tone that's mordantly matter-of-fact. nonetheless, the occasions mentioned are usually in accordance with ancient happenings, reminiscent of the Seven Years' conflict and the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. As philosophers of Voltaire's day contended with the matter of evil, so too does Candide during this brief novel, albeit extra without delay and humorously. Voltaire ridicules faith, theologians, governments, armies, philosophies, and philosophers via allegory; such a lot conspicuously, he attacks Leibniz and his optimism. As anticipated by way of Voltaire, Candide has loved either nice good fortune and nice scandal. instantly after its secretive e-book, the e-book used to be extensively banned since it contained non secular blasphemy, political sedition and highbrow hostility hidden below a skinny veil of naïveté. notwithstanding, with its sharp wit and insightful portrayal of the human situation, the radical has given that encouraged many later authors and artists to imitate and adapt it. at the present time, Candide is well-known as Voltaire's magnum opus and is frequently indexed as a part of the Western canon; it's arguably taught greater than the other paintings of French literature. Martin Seymour-Smith has indexed Candide as one of many a hundred so much Influential Books Ever Written.
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  • Parodies, Hoaxes, Mock Treatises: Polite Conversation, Directions to Servants and Other Works (The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jonathan Swift)

    By Jonathan Swift

    Swift's parodies are between his so much interesting works, yet maybe require such a lot explication for the trendy reader. Valerie Rumbold brings a brand new intensity and element to the enhancing of Swift's Bickerstaff papers, 'Polite Conversation', 'Directions to Servants' and different works on language and behavior. Highlights contain a clean research of the political and print contexts of the Bickerstaff papers, complete commentaries on such smaller works as 'A Modest Defence of Punning' and 'On Barbarous Denominations in Ireland', id and clarification of many extra sayings in 'Polite Conversation', and a close contextualisation of 'Directions to Servants' in modern family idea and perform. a considerable thematic creation is supplemented via a person headnote and entire annotation to every paintings. The Textual advent explores the publishing thoughts followed through speedy and his booksellers, and a separate Textual Account of every paintings provides and discusses adjustments within the texts over the years.
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  • American Psycho

    By Bret Easton Ellis

    Now a big movie from Lion's Gate movies starring Christian Bale (Metroland), Chloe Sevigny (The final Days of Disco), Jared Leto (My So known as Life), and Reese Witherspoon (Cruel Intentions), and directed via Mary Harron (I Shot Andy Warhol).

    In American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis imaginatively explores the incomprehensible depths of insanity and captures the madness of violence in our time or the other. Patrick Bateman strikes one of the younger and stylish in Nineteen Eighties ny. younger, good-looking, and good knowledgeable, Bateman earns his fortune on Wall highway by means of day whereas spending his nights in methods we won't start to fathom. Expressing his actual self via torture and homicide, Bateman prefigures an apocalyptic horror that no society may perhaps endure to confront.
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  • First Contact: Or, It's Later Than You Think

    “What a hilarious ride—the übersurreal meets The day-by-day Show.”
     —Tim Dorsey, writer of Nuclear Jellyfish

     

    In the bestselling and rightfully cult-inspiring culture of Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams comes First Contact—an hysterically humorous satire approximately Presidential politics and intergalactic false impression. This clever and biting novel through Evan Mandery—an writer both well-versed within the lives of the U.S. presidents, existential philosophy, and the Simpsons—offers a lot nutrients for highbrow idea in addition to an all-you-can-eat buffet of snickers, because it chronicles the 1st shut encounters among earthlings and a vastly superior extraterrestrial race from Rigel-Rigel. because the subtitle of First touch so presciently informs us, “It’s Later than You Think.”

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