Writers The Best Satirical Novels  

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List Rules Only satirical novels. No short stories or essays.

List of the best satirical novels from various authors, such as Joseph Heller, Evelyn Waugh and Mark Twain, on various topics that are written to ridicule a popular point of view in order to have readers change their opinion about it. Some authors show up a few times on the list for their satirical writings so be sure that you are voting for your favorite satire book and not just the author behind the work.

Books such as Catch-22, Animal Farm and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are on this list because the authors present their own opinions on the subjects and usually give their solutions on how the issues can be resolved. Topics that are usually covered in satirical novels are politics, economy, religion and other forms of power in a society. A lot of these topics are the most pressing in a society and the topics can be considered taboo.

The list asks the question, "What is the best satirical novel?" with novels to vote on to get your favorite book to the top of the list. If what you think is the best satirical novel is not listed, then there is an option to add the novel to the list to be voted on by others.
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167 30
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Joseph Heller

2
193 44
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
George Orwell

3
113 23
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Aldous Huxley

4
116 26
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Satirical Novels

5
101 22
Gulliver's Travels is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Jonathan Swift

6
104 27
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Kurt Vonnegut

7
103 30
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Satirical Novels

8
56 9
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Miguel de Cervantes

9
73 21
Candide, ou l'Optimisme is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Voltaire

10
74 23
Cat's Cradle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Kurt Vonnegut

11
76 26
A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Anthony Burgess

12
55 18
The importance of being Earnes... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Satirical Novels

13
35 9
The Screwtape Letters is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
C. S. Lewis

14
36 13
Breakfast of Champions is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Brian McGovern added Kurt Vonnegut

15
36 16
The Sirens of Titan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
phronze added Kurt Vonnegut

16
32 13
Good Omens is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
s_kate-kitty-van-a added Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett

17
33 14
A Connecticut Yankee in King A... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Satirical Novels

18
33 17
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Satirical Novels

19
33 18
A Confederacy of Dunces is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
John Kennedy Toole

20
27 15
Infinite Jest is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
David Foster Wallace

21
29 17
Thank You for Smoking is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Christopher Buckley

22
39 28
Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Chuck Palahniuk

23
39 29
American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Bret Easton Ellis

24
38 30
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Jane Austen

25
24 17
Decline and Fall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Evelyn Waugh

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14 8
Hogfather is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
s_kate-kitty-van-a added Terry Pratchett

27
16 13
The Fateful Adventures of the ... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Satirical Novels

28
16 13
Babbitt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Sinclair Lewis

29
13 10
1979 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Christian Kracht

30
12 9
The Camp of the Saints is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Jean Raspail

31
17 15
The Loved One is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Evelyn Waugh

32
14 12
Northanger Abbey is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Jane Austen

33
10 8
Gog is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Giovanni Papini

34
18 17
The Satyricon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Petronius

35
12 11
Scoop is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
jeffrey-collette added Evelyn Waugh

36
10 9
Ham on Rye is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
jeffrey-collette added Charles Bukowski

37
10 9
Whatever is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Michel Houellebecq

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8 7
Jingo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
s_kate-kitty-van-a added Terry Pratchett

39
12 12
Last Exit to Brooklyn is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Hubert Selby, Jr.

40
8 8
Faserland is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Mollevangsvagen added

41
22 24
World War Z is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Max Brooks

42
11 12
The Eyre Affair is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Jasper Fforde

43
8 9
Boomsday is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Christopher Buckley

44
9 11
A Handful of Dust is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
jeffrey-collette added Evelyn Waugh

45
3 6
Slow Horses is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Debbie Cresswell added Mick Herron

46
9 15
War with the Newts is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Karel Čapek

47
3 8
Mother's Milk is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Jeffrey Manley added Edward St Aubyn

48
5 12
The Magic Christian is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Terry Southern

49
4 13
Company is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Max Barry

50
4 14
Straight Man is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Richard Russo