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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Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Animal Farm George Orwell

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Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess

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Cat's Cradle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Cat's Cradle Kurt Vonnegut

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

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

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

The Best Novels Written by Famous Actors

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A Connecticut Yankee in King A... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Satirical Novels

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

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The Sirens of Titan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
phronze added The Sirens of Titan Kurt Vonnegut

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

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Infinite Jest is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace

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Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Fight Club Chuck Palahniuk

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A Confederacy of Dunces is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole

The Best Novels Ever Written

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American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis

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Thank You for Smoking is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Thank You for Smoking Christopher Buckley

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

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

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The Camp of the Saints is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Mollevangsvagen added The Camp of the Saints Jean Raspail

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

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Northanger Abbey is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen

The Greatest American Novels

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

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Hogfather is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
s_kate-kitty-van-a added Hogfather Terry Pratchett

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

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Ham on Rye is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
jeffrey-collette added Ham on Rye Charles Bukowski

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The Satyricon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
The Satyricon Petronius

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Scoop is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
jeffrey-collette added Scoop Evelyn Waugh

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Whatever is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Whatever Michel Houellebecq

The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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Gog is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Gog Giovanni Papini

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Babbitt is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Babbitt Sinclair Lewis

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Last Exit to Brooklyn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Last Exit to Brooklyn Hubert Selby, Jr.

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Faserland is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Faserland

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Jingo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
s_kate-kitty-van-a added Jingo Terry Pratchett

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Boomsday is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Boomsday Christopher Buckley

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

The Best Postmodern Novels

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World War Z is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
World War Z Max Brooks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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