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  • Published: 13 June 2001
  • ISBN: 9780141183985
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $19.99

Black Mischief


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Evelyn Waugh's third novel, Black Mischief is a witty satirical novel set in the fictional empire of Azania.

'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 if 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?

  • Pub date: 13 June 2001
  • ISBN: 9780141183985
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh was born in Hampstead, London, in 1903. He studied History at Hertford College, Oxford, but left without a degree. After a brief period as a teacher, he published his first book, a biography of the artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti, in 1928. The same year also saw the publication of his first novel, Decline and Fall, which established his reputation. Further novels, including Vile Bodies (1930), A Handful of Dust (1934) and Brideshead Revisited (1945) were highly acclaimed. Waugh also wrote several travel books and short stories, and was a prolific journalist and book reviewer. Waugh died on Easter Sunday, 1966, at his home in Combe Florey, Somerset.

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