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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

    Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Billy Pilgrim is the son of an American barber. He serves as a chaplain's assistant in World War II, is captured by the Germans, and he survives the largest massacre in European history the fire bombing of Dresden. After the war Billy makes a great deal of money as an optometrist, and on his wedding night he is kidnapped by a flying saucer from the planet Tralfamadore. So begins a modern classic by a master storyteller.

Year: 1969
Genre: Anti-WarBombing of DresdenSatireScience FictionWWII: Post-War

    Our Friends from Frolix 8 by Philip K. Dick

This satirical adventure from Philip K. Dick deals with issues of power, class, and politics, set in a world ruled by big-brained elites. The world is run by an elite few. And what determines whether one is part of the elite isn't wealth or privilege, but brains. As children, every citizen of Earth is tested; some are found to be super-smart New Men and some are Unusuals, with various psychic powers. The vast majority are Undermen, performing menial jobs in an overpopulated world.

Year: 1970
Genre: SatireScience Fiction

    Vital Parts by Thomas Berger

The third novel in Thomas Berger’s acclaimed Carlo Reinhart Series, Vital Parts is a stingingly hilarious swipe at twentieth-century culture and mores. Unrestrained and unapologetic, it is a tour de force from a master satirist that stands alongside Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces, and the novels of Kurt Vonnegut as a trenchant and funny comment on American life.

Year: 1970
Genre: HumorSatireSuburbia

    Hawkshaw by Ron Goulart

Science Fiction or Prophesy? It's a wild and wacky satire on today's political climate - to its mind-boggling extreme in a radically different United States ... thirty-odd years from now.

Year: 1972
Genre: Satire

    Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut

In Breakfast of Champions, one of Kurt Vonnegut's most beloved characters, the aging writer Kilgore Trout, finds to his horror that a Midwest car dealer is taking his fiction as truth. What follows is murderously funny satire, as Vonnegut looks at war, sex, racism, success, politics, and pollution in America and reminds us how to see the truth.

Year: 1973
Genre: Satire

 

 

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1926The Torrents of Spring by Ernest Hemingway Satire
1963Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut Apocalpyse, Satire
1965God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut Satire
1966Fertig by Sol Yurick Satire, New York City
1968Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut Satire, Science Fiction, Short Stories
1969Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Satire, Science Fiction, WWII: Post-War, Anti-War
1970Our Friends from Frolix 8 by Philip K. Dick Satire, Science Fiction
1970Vital Parts by Thomas Berger Humor, Satire, Suburbia, Carlo Reinhart
1972Hawkshaw by Ron Goulart Satire, Fragmented America
1973Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut Satire
1973Regiment of Women by Thomas Berger Alternate Reality, Satire
1973The Great American Novel by Philip Roth Satire, Baseball
1974Something Happened by Joseph Heller Satire
1976Slapstick by Kurt Vonnegut Satire
1977Crackpot by Ron Goulart Satire, Fragmented America
1978Running Dog by Don DeLillo Political Thriller, Satire
1979Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut Satire
1981Reinhart's Women by Thomas Berger Humor, Satire, Suburbia, Carlo Reinhart
1982Deadeye Dick by Kurt Vonnegut Satire
1983The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett Epic Fantasy, Satire, Discworld
1984JOB: A Comedy of Justice by Robert A. Heinlein Satire
1985Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut Post Apocalypse, Satire
1985Nowhere by Thomas Berger Humor, Satire
1985White Noise by Don DeLillo Satire
1986The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett Epic Fantasy, Satire, Discworld
1987Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut Satire
1987Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett Epic Fantasy, Satire, Discworld
1987Mort by Terry Pratchett Epic Fantasy, Satire, Discworld
1987Peace on Earth by Stanislaw Lem Satire, Science Fiction
1987The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe Legal Thriller, Satire
1988Sourcery by Terry Pratchett Fantasy, Satire, Discworld
1990Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut Satire
1993Strip Tease by Carl Hiaasen Comic Thriller, Extortion, Satire
1994Gun, with Occasional Music by Jonathan Lethem Near Future, Satire, Speculative
1997Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut Satire
1999Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk Satire
2000The Truth by Terry Pratchett Fantasy, Satire, Discworld
2003Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett Fantasy, Satire, Discworld
2004Going Postal by Terry Pratchett Fantasy, Satire, Con Artist, Discworld, Moist von Lipwig
2007Making Money by Terry Pratchett Fantasy, Satire, Discworld, Moist von Lipwig
2008The Widows of Eastwick by John Updike Satire, Witches
2009Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett Fantasy, Satire, Discworld
2013Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett Fantasy, Satire, Discworld, Moist von Lipwig
2020Squeeze Me by Carl Hiaasen Comic Thriller, Missing Person, Satire

 

 

 


 

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