By J.F. Powers
Winner of The 1963 nationwide ebook Award for Fiction.
The hero of J.F. Powers's comedian masterpiece is Father city, a guy of the fabric who's additionally a guy of the realm. captivating, with an expansive imaginative and prescient of the non secular existence and a excessive tolerance for ethical ambiguity, city enjoys a countrywide acceptance as a speaker at the non secular circuit and has substantial plans for the longer term. yet then the provincial head of his dowdy non secular order banishes him to a retreat apartment within the Minnesota hinterlands. Father city quickly bounces again, wearing God's be aware with undaunted enthusiasm in the course of the golfing classes, fishing inns, and yard barbecues of his new turf. but while he triumphs his tribulations mount, and in any case his maximum luck proves a setback from which he can't recover.
First released in 1962, Morte D'Urban has been praised by means of writers as numerous as Gore Vidal, William Gass, Mary Gordon, and Philip Roth. This superbly saw, usually hilarious story of a impossible Knight of religion is without doubt one of the most interesting achievements of an writer whose singular imaginative and prescient assures him an everlasting position in American literature.
By Ben H. Winters
From the writer of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies comes a brand new story of romance, heartbreak, and tentacled mayhem.
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters expands the unique textual content of the cherished Jane Austen novel with all-new scenes of huge lobsters, rampaging octopi, two-headed sea serpents, and different organic monstrosities. As our tale opens, the Dashwood sisters are evicted from their early life domestic and despatched to survive a mysterious island choked with savage creatures and darkish secrets and techniques. whereas brilliant Elinor falls in love with Edward Ferrars, her romantic sister Marianne is courted by way of either the good-looking Willoughby and the hideous man-monster Colonel Brandon. Can the Dashwood sisters overcome meddlesome matriarchs and unscrupulous rogues to discover real love? Or will they fall prey to the tentacles which are perpetually snapping at their heels? This masterful portrait of Regency England blends Jane Austen’s biting social remark with ultraviolent depictions of sea monsters biting. It’s survival of the fittest—and simply the swiftest swimmers will locate real love!
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By Leonard Wibberley
In Leonard Wibberley's vintage political satire, a tiny backwards state comes to a decision the one strategy to continue to exist a surprising financial downturn is to claim warfare at the usa and lose to get international relief - yet issues do not move in keeping with plan.
The Mouse That Roared was once made right into a winning characteristic movie starring Peter Sellers.
Books within the Grand Fenwick Series:
Books 2 via five are top learn after The Mouse That Roared, yet the entire books should be learn and loved at any element within the series.
Book 1: The Mouse That Roared
Book 2: The Mouse at the Moon
Book three: The Mouse On Wall Street
Book four: The Mouse That stored The West
Book five: watch out for The Mouse (A Grand Fenwick sequence Prequel)
***All 5 books now additionally to be had in an book sequence bundle--The Mouse That Roared Boxed Set (Books 1-5)***
By Flann O'Brien
The maximum satirical Irish author of the twentieth-century turns his recognition to the garrulous Irish and vividly captures the wit, extravagance and glory in their talk.
"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 a super 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 firstly 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 whole and exact translation of the definitive unique textual content of Bulgakov's novel. She comprises the recognized dream series, passed over in prior translations, and fantastically solves the stylistic matters raised by means of Bulgakov's decorative prose. Readers with an curiosity in Russian literature, tradition, or historical past will welcome this exceptional translation of Bulgakov's vital early paintings. This variation additionally comprises an informative old essay by way of Evgeny Dobrenko.
"A nonchalant string of anecdotes and wisecracks, instructed via a fellow who does not have a reputation, and hasn't ever stuck a mouse, and is not a lot solid for whatever other than gazing people in action..." —The New Yorker
Written over the process 1904-1906, Soseki Natsume's comedian masterpiece, i'm a Cat, satirizes the foolishness of upper-middle-class eastern society through the Meiji period. With acerbic wit and sardonic point of view, it follows the whimsical adventures of a world-weary stray kitten who reviews at the follies and foibles of the folk round him.
A vintage of jap literature, I Am a Cat is one in every of Soseki's best-known novels. thought of via many because the maximum author in sleek eastern historical past, Soseki's I Am a Cat is a vintage novel absolute to be loved for years yet to come.
“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 shrewdpermanent and biting novel by means of Evan Mandery—an writer both well-versed within the lives of the U.S. presidents, existential philosophy, and the Simpsons—offers a lot meals for highbrow inspiration 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.”
By Will Self
Lily Bloom is an getting older American transplanted to England who has misplaced her conflict with melanoma and lies losing away on the Royal Ear medical institution. As her daughters—lumpy Charlotte, who runs a highly profitable chain of stationery shops known as Waste of Paper, and lovely Natasha, a junkie—buzz round her and the nurses pump her choked with morphine, Lily slides out and in of the current, taking us on a surreal, opinionated journey throughout the phases of a life of lust and rage. A profession lady within the Nineteen Forties, a sexed-up, tippling adulteress within the Nineteen Fifties and ‘60s, a divorced PR flak within the Nineteen Seventies and ‘80s, Lily offers us with a portrait of the United States and England over sixty years of riotous and unreal change.
And then it’s over: Lily catches a cab with the aboriginal wizard Phar Lap Jones, her consultant to the shockingly banal global of the useless. It’s an international that's surreal yet customary, the place she back works in PR and rediscovers how nice smoking is, the place her cohabitants contain impolite Boy, the son who died at age 9 and now swears a blue streak, and 3 eyeless, murmuring wraiths, the Fats—composed of the kilos, actually the total selves, she misplaced and won over her lifetime. As Lily settles into her nonexistence, the main tricky problem for this staunchly tough girl is how you can remember the fact that she’s lifeless, and the way to go away the remainder behind.
How the lifeless reside is an unforgettable portrait of the human situation, the fight with lifestyles and with demise. It’s a unique that would disturb and galvanize, the paintings, within the phrases of 1 British reviewer, “of a novelist writing on the top of his powers.”
By Ishmael Reed
The vintage freewheeling examine race family members in the course of the ages.
Mumbo Jumbo is Ishmael Reed’s brilliantly satiric deconstruction of Western civilization, a racy and uproarious statement on our society. In it, Reed, one in every of our preeminent African-American authors, mixes photos of old figures and fictional characters with sound bites on matters starting from ragtime to Greek philosophy. mentioned by means of literary critic Harold Bloom as one of many most important books within the Western canon, Mumbo Jumbo is a trenchant and infrequently biting examine black-white relatives all through background, from a willing observer of our tradition.
By Jakov Lind
Pseudonym of Austrian author Heinz Jakov Landwirth (1927-2007), within the united kingdom from 1954; his most famed books – Eine Seele aus Holz (coll 1962; trans Ralph Manheim as Soul of wooden 1964) and Landschaft in Beton (1963; trans Ralph Manheim as panorama in Concrete 1964) – are gruesome Satires in line with his stories as a Jew in hiding in the course of, and using a deep total wisdom of, global warfare . those works have evoked comparisons with Czech writers of interregnum and doom, Franz Kafka typically and Jaroslav Hasek (1883-1923), for the great Soldier Schweik (1923); like just about all Czech writers of his set of brain, Lind is deadpan, blackly humorous, super determined. past due novels – Travels to the Enu: tale of a Shipwreck (1982) and The Inventor (1987) – are sf; the 1st compactly combines terrific Voyage and Island Utopia, back applyi - See extra at: http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/lind_jakov#sthash.kKASRNmY.dpuf
from internal flap:
This publication is a significant publishing occasion,
since it marks the reappearance o f a nice
writer, one o f the so much vital literary
figures o f the Nineteen Sixties. And what a reappear-
ance it is Travels to the Enu is a savage
satire, continually hilarious and frequently fairly a
bit extra, modelled after quick, yet uniquely
a ebook for this time.
Trapped on a excitement cruise in circum-
stances tantamount to a mass hijack and
cast adrift on an island formerly recorded
only in the writings o f an eighteenth-
century Portuguese vacationer, the hero of
Jakov Lind’s pleasing and provocative
story encounters a race o f women and men
whose affinities with the realm o f birds are
striking yet maybe basically epidermis deep.