"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.
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Review: Black MischiefUser Review - Mauro - Goodreads
Sometimes, in mid-reading, you feel like you got a Wodehouse with a Waugh cover: you got the English young misfit bloke with a golden heart, the young frivolous girl, the love triangle etc. You also ... Read full review
Review: Black MischiefUser Review - Liz - Goodreads
This comedy has to be regarded as a product of its era (1932) as there are quite a lot of non PC words and casual racism, although the British diplomatic corps come off the worst. The plot concerns a ... Read full review