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    The Torrents of Spring by Ernest Hemingway

First published in 1926, The Torrents of Spring is a hilarious parody of the Chicago school of literature. Poking fun at that great race of writers, it depicts a vogue that Hemingway himself refused to follow. In style and substance, The Torrents of Spring is a burlesque of Sherwood Anderson's Dark Laughter, but in the course of the narrative, other literary tendencies associated with American and British writers akin to Anderson -- such as D. H. Lawrence, James Joyce, and John Dos Passos -- come in for satirical comment.

Year: 1926
Genre: Satire

    Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

Cat's Cradle is Kurt Vonnegut's satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. An apocalyptic tale of this planet's ultimate fate, it features a midget as the protagonist, a complete, original theology created by a calypso singer, and a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny. A book that left an indelible mark on an entire generation of readers, Cat's Cradle is one of the twentieth century's most important works--and Vonnegut at his very best.

Year: 1963
Genre: ApocalpyseSatire

    God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut

Eliot Rosewater--drunk, volunteer fireman, and President of the fabulously rich Rosewater Foundation--is about to attempt a noble experiment with human nature . . . with a little help from writer Kilgore Trout. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater is Kurt Vonnegut's funniest satire, an etched-in-acid portrayal of the greed, hypocrisy, and follies of the flesh we are all heir to.

Year: 1965
Genre: Satire

    Fertig by Sol Yurick

Sol Yurick's cult novel, originally published in 1966, blasts the American judicial system and society in general. It was called 'one of the fiercest and most effective satires to come out of America in a decade' by The Spectator. Although written before his debut published novel The Warriors (1965), like that work, Fertig was eventually made into a movie--The Confession (1999) starring Ben Kingsley.

Year: 1966
Genre: Satire

    Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut

"Welcome To The Monkey House" is a collection of Kurt Vonnueguts shorter works. Originally printed in publications as diverse as "The Magazine of Fantasy and Science fiction" and "The Atlantic Monthly," what these superb stories share is Vonnegut's audacious sense of humor and extraordinary range of creative vision.

Year: 1968
Genre: SatireScience Fiction





1926The Torrents of Spring by Ernest Hemingway
1963Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
1965God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut
1966Fertig by Sol Yurick
1968Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut
1969Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
1970Our Friends from Frolix 8 by Philip K. Dick
1972Hawkshaw by Ron Goulart
1973Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
1974Something Happened by Joseph Heller
1976Slapstick by Kurt Vonnegut
1977Crackpot by Ron Goulart
1979Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut
1982Deadeye Dick by Kurt Vonnegut
1983The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
1984JOB: A Comedy of Justice by Robert A. Heinlein
1985Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
1986The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett
1987Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut
1987Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
1987Mort by Terry Pratchett
1987Peace on Earth by Stanislaw Lem
1987The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
1988Sourcery by Terry Pratchett
1990Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut
1993Strip Tease by Carl Hiaasen
1994Gun, with Occasional Music by Jonathan Lethem
1997Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut
2000The Truth by Terry Pratchett
2003Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett
2004Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
2007Making Money by Terry Pratchett
2009Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett
2013Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett
2020Squeeze Me by Carl Hiaasen