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The possessed

by:Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, 1821-1881

Third of Dostoyevsky's five major novels. It is a powerful political tract and a profound study of a theism, depicting disarray which follows the appearence of a band of modish radicals in a small provincial town. The novel is full of buffoonery and grotesque comedy.

Editions:695  Date:1841 - 2020  Genre(s):Political fiction, Political fiction, Black humor (Literature)

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The life and adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit

by:Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870

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:798  Date:1800 - 2017  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 town's 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:109  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 an edition that features restored text, archival material, and an essay on psychoactive drugs.

Editions:346  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:567  Date:1800 - 2020  Genre(s):Adventure fiction, Bildungsromans, Satirical literature, Black humor (Literature), Black humor

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Amerika

by:Kafka, Franz, 1883-1924

Here is the story of young Karl Rossman, who, following an incident involving a housemaid, is banished by his parents to America. With unquenchable optimism and in the company of two comic-sinister companions, he throws himself into misadventure, eventually heading towards Oklahoma, where a career in the theater beckons.

Editions:494  Date:1935 - 2019  Genre(s):Humorous fiction, Humorous fiction, Psychological fiction, Black humor (Literature)

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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:527  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:97  Date:2015 - 2019  Genre(s):Black humor (Literature), Black humor, Black humor

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The evening star : a novel

by:McMurtry, Larry

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

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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:123  Date:1995 - 2019  Genre(s):Domestic fiction, Black humor (Literature), Domestic fiction, Black humor, Black humor

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