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The life and adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit

by:Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870

Martin Chuzzlewit is the story of two Chuzzlewits, Martin and Jonas, who have inherited the characteristic Chuzzlewit selfishness. It contrasts their diverse fates of moral redemption and worldly success for one, with increasingly desperate crime for the other. This powerful black comedy involves hypocrisy, greed and blackmail, as well as the most famous of Dickens's grotesques, Mrs Gamp.

Editions:777  Date:1800 - 2019  Genre(s):Adventure fiction, Bildungsromans, Black humor (Literature), Satire, Black humor

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



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:137  Date:1915 - 2019  Genre(s):Utopian fiction, Utopian fiction, Black humor (Literature), Adventure fiction, Action and adventure fiction

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Naked lunch : the restored text

by:Burroughs, William S

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:333  Date:1959 - 2016  Genre(s):Psychological fiction, Psychological fiction, Satire, Black humor (Literature), Science fiction



by:Gončarov, I.A. (Ivan Aleksandrovič), 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:667  Date:1858 - 2017  Genre(s):Allegories, Black humor (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:541  Date:1800 - 2018  Genre(s):Adventure fiction, Bildungsromans, Black humor (Literature), Satirical literature, Black humor

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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:487  Date:1935 - 2019  Genre(s):Humorous fiction, Black humor (Literature)



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:96  Date:2015 - 2018  Genre(s):Black humor (Literature), Black humor, Black humor


Mother night

by:Vonnegut, Kurt

Mother Night is a daring challenge to our moral sense. American Howard W. Campbell, Jr., a spy during World War II, is now on trial in Israel as a Nazi war criminal. But is he really guilty? In this brilliant book rife with true gallows humor, Vonnegut turns black and white into a chilling shade of gray with a verdict that will haunt us all.

Editions:204  Date:1900 - 2018  Genre(s):Science fiction, Science fiction, Black humor, Black humor, Black humor (Literature)


The evening star : a novel

by:MacMurtry, 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:42  Date:1992 - 2010  Genre(s):Black humor (Literature), Black humor, Black humor, Domestic fiction, Domestic fiction


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