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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,136 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Evelyn Waugh Narrator: Michael Maloney Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“We are Progress and the New Age. Nothing can stand in our way.”

When Oxford-educated Emperor Seth succeeds to the throne of the African state of Azania, he has a tough job on his hands. His subjects are ill-informed and unruly, and corruption, double-dealing, and bloodshed are rife. However, with the aid of Minister of Modernization Basil Seal, Seth plans to introduce his people to the civilized ways of the west—but will it be as simple as that?

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.

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  • Black Mischief is pure, early Waugh, funny in spots, mildly satirical, wildly absurd, corrupt, and erotic.”

    New York Times

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Matthew | 2/19/2014

    " Totally ridiculous and totally hilarious -- the hapless Emperor Seth tries to modernize his Empire. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Aeisele | 2/18/2014

    " Another great one from Mr. Waugh. Black Mischief is the story of the Empire of Azania, and the trials and travails of Seth the Emperor, Basil Seal his "modernization" minister, and the British Legation to the country. It's very funny, and also rather disturbing at points. Highly recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Claire | 2/17/2014

    " CYNICAL!!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Heather | 2/11/2014

    " Gruesome. Scathing. But interesting. "

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About the Author
Author Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh (1903–1966) was born October 28, 1903 in London, England. After short periods as an art student and schoolmaster, he devoted himself to travel and to the writing of novels. His novels are unusually highly wrought and precisely written. Those written before 1939 may be described as satirical. During World War II his writing took a more serious and ambitious turn. Waugh also wrote travel books.