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The Best Satirical Novels 

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Updated May 12, 2020 3.9k votes 825 voters 37.2k views 55 items

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
George Orwell
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Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Joseph Heller
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The Hitchhiker's Guide t... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
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Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Aldous Huxley
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Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Kurt Vonnegut
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Gulliver's Travels is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Jonathan Swift
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Adventures of Huckleberr... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
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Cat's Cradle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Kurt Vonnegut
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Candide, ou l'Optimisme ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Voltaire
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Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Miguel de Cervantes
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The importance of being ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
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A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Anthony Burgess
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Breakfast of Champions ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Brian McGovern added Kurt Vonnegut
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Good Omens is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
s_kate-kitty-van-a added Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
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A Confederacy of Dunces ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
John Kennedy Toole
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The Sirens of Titan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
phronze added Kurt Vonnegut
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Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Jane Austen
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A Connecticut Yankee in ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
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Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Chuck Palahniuk
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The Screwtape Letters is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
C. S. Lewis
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American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Bret Easton Ellis
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God Bless You, Mr. Rosew... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
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Thank You for Smoking is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Christopher Buckley
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Infinite Jest is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
David Foster Wallace
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Decline and Fall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Evelyn Waugh