Black Mischief, Paperback
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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?




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Very funny. Big caveat with this one is the racism - Waugh is unabashedly racist, and the terminology he uses, while presumably common in 1932, grates pretty heavily now. That said, while none of the characters comes out of the book with any credit, it's the westerners who come off by far worst, both in manipulating the country for their own ends and in being the source of the forced modernity that is such a disaster. Really, Waugh just didn't like anyone...

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