Black Mischief, Waugh's third novel, helped to establish his reputation as a master satirist. Set on the fictional African island of Azania, the novel chronicles the efforts of Emperor Seth, assisted by the Englishman Basil Seal, to modernize his kingdom.
Profound hilarity ensues from the issuance of homemade currency, the staging of a "Birth Control Gala", the rightful ruler's demise at his own rather long and tiring coronation ceremonies and a good deal more mischief.
©1932 Evelyn Waugh (P)2015 Hachette Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Chalk the Sun on 26-09-17

A hilarious book beautifully read

One of Waugh's most biting satires inspired by meeting Emperor Haile Selassie at Oxford. The reader's plummy rendition of Basil Seal is wonderful. Waugh ridicules the self-serving deluded Brits and French as much as the savage Azanians. I especially enjoyed Emperor Seth's family planning campaign which misfires badly.

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By G. R. Rayner on 17-01-17

Excellent narration of a master author

There is much more relevance in the writings of mr Waugh than you could guess, 85 years on. The political incorrectness may offend some, and yet such is the subtle humour, extraordinary characters that only he can capture, and brilliant satire that those people may find it hard to place the blame. A great narration of what cannot be an easy book to voice.

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