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Herland

by:Gilman, Charlotte Perkins, 1860-1935

One the eve of WWI, three American male explorers stumble onto an all-female society somewhere in the distant reaches of the earth. Unable to believe their eyes, they promptly set out to find some men, convinced that since this is a civilized country--there must be men.

Editions:186  Date:1915 - 2021  Genre(s):Utopian fiction, Utopian fiction, Utopian fiction, Black humor (Literature), Black humor

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The life and adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit

by:Dickens, Charles

Set partly in America, which Dickens had visited in 1842, the novel includes a scaring satire on the United States. Martin Chuzzlewit, Sr., is surrounded by a greedy, grasping, selfish family: Anthony Chuzzlewit, his brother; the villainous Jonas, Anthony's son; and Seth Pecksniff, a crafty hypocrite. Detecting incipient selfishness and greed in his grandson, young Martin, Chuzzlewit turns him from the house almost penniless; Martin is in love with Mary Graham, an orphan raised by the old Chuzzlewit. Thus turned away, Martin travels to U.S. with his loyal friend and servant, Mark Tapley. Here he becomes an architect for the Eden Land Corporation, a fraudulent enterprise in which he loses everything. He contracts a fever and almost dies. He returns home to England, cured of his selfishness by his difficult experiences in America, his grandfather accepts him, and he and Mary Graham are married. A subplot deals with Jonas Chuzzlewit, who tries to poison his old father, murders Montague Tigg because Tigg knows his secret, and marries Mercy Pecksniff, making her utterly miserable. He commits suicide to save his neck from the gallows. Sarah Gamp, one of Dicken's most memorable characters, appears in this novel.

Editions:814  Date:1800 - 2018  Genre(s):Bildungsromans, Black humor (Literature), Satire, Adventure fiction, Bildungsromans

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The casual vacancy

by:Rowling, J. K.

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils ... Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

Editions:121  Date:2012 - 2017  Genre(s):Black humor (Literature), Black humor, Domestic fiction, Black humor

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Naked lunch

by:Burroughs, William S., 1914-1997

Bill Lee, an addict and hustler, travels to Mexico and then Tangier in order to find easy access to drugs, and ends up in the Interzone, a bizarre fantasy world, in a commemorative edition that features restored text, archival material, Burroughs's own later introduction to the book, and his essay on psychoactive drugs.

Editions:366  Date:1959 - 2016  Genre(s):Psychological fiction, Psychological fiction, Satire, Black humor (Literature), Satirical literature

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Martin Chuzzlewit

by:Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870

Martin Chuzzlewit's wealthy grandfather forces him to emigrate to America after the selfish Martin falls in love with the wrong girl; upon his return, Martin seems to prove his worth.

Editions:576  Date:1800 - 2020  Genre(s):Adventure fiction, Bildungsromans, Black humor (Literature), Satirical literature, Black humor

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Oblomov

by:Goncharov, Ivan Aleksandrovich, 1812-1891

Ilya Ilyich Oblomov is a member of Russia's dying aristocracy - a man so lazy that he has given up his job in the Civil Service, neglected his books, insulted his friends and found himself in debt. Too apathetic to do anything about his problems, he lives in a grubby, crumbling apartment, waited on by Zakhar, his equally idle servant. Terrified by the bustle and activity necessary to participate in the real world, Oblomov manages to avoid work and postpone change, and - finally - risks losing the love of his life.

Editions:569  Date:1858 - 2019  Genre(s):Allegories, Black humor (Literature), Black humor, Black humor

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Purity

by:Franzen, Jonathan

"A huge-canvased novel about identity, the internet, sexual politics, and love from the author of Freedom and The Corrections"-- Provided by publisher.

Editions:106  Date:2015 - 2021  Genre(s):Black humor (Literature), Black humor, Black humor

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Stiller : roman

by:Frisch, Max 1911-1991

Arrested and imprisoned in a small Swiss town, a prisoner begins this book with an exclamation: "I'm not Stiller!" He claims that his name is Jim White, that he has been jailed under false charges and under the wrong identity. To prove he is who he claims to be, he confesses to three unsolved murders and recalls in great detail an adventuresome life in America and Mexico among cowboys and peasants, in back alleys and docks. He is consumed by "the morbid impulse to convince," but no one believes him. This is a harrowing account part Kafka, part Camus of the power of self-deception and the freedom that ultimately lies in self-acceptance. Simultaneously haunting and humorous, I'm Not Stiller has come to be recognized as "one of the major post-war works of fiction" and a masterpiece of German literature. -- Amazon.

Editions:544  Date:1938 - 2021  Genre(s):Black humor (Literature)

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The tortilla curtain

by:Boyle, T. Coraghessan

The story of illegal aliens in California, told through the eyes of two very different couples, one well-off Anglos, the other illegal Mexicans living in a canyon. The novel chronicles their relationship against the background of growing hostility between immigrants and natives. By the author of East Is East.

Editions:140  Date:1995 - 2021  Genre(s):Domestic fiction, Domestic fiction, Black humor (Literature), Black humor, Black humor

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The evening star : a novel

by:McMurtry, Larry, 1936-

Aurora Greenway must come to grips with old age while those around her try to cope with their own problems, including an unwanted pregnancy and time spent in prison.

Editions:50  Date:1992 - 2010  Genre(s):Black humor (Literature), Black humor, Domestic fiction, Domestic fiction, Black humor

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