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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138 26
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

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99 18
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Brave New World Aldous Huxley

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95 19
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Satirical Novels

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88 19
Gulliver's Travels is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift

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91 23
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

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93 25
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Satirical Novels

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50 8
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes

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65 18
Candide, ou l'Optimisme is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Candide Voltaire

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65 20
Cat's Cradle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Cat's Cradle Kurt Vonnegut

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66 22
A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess

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47 15
The importance of being Earnes... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Satirical Novels

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29 8
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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28 9
Breakfast of Champions is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Brian McGovern added Breakfast of Champions Kurt Vonnegut

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25 8
Good Omens is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
s_kate-kitty-van-a added Good Omens Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett

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29 12
The Sirens of Titan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
phronze added The Sirens of Titan Kurt Vonnegut

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29 12
A Connecticut Yankee in King A... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Satirical Novels

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28 14
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Satirical Novels

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35 21
American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis

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36 22
Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Fight Club Chuck Palahniuk

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23 11
Infinite Jest is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace

The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

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25 14
A Confederacy of Dunces is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole

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24 14
Decline and Fall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Decline and Fall Evelyn Waugh

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23 14
Thank You for Smoking is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Thank You for Smoking Christopher Buckley

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13 6
1979 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Mollevangsvagen added 1979 Christian Kracht

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33 26
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

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10 4
Hogfather is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
s_kate-kitty-van-a added Hogfather Terry Pratchett

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11 5
The Camp of the Saints is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Mollevangsvagen added The Camp of the Saints Jean Raspail

The Best Russian Novels

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13 7
Northanger Abbey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen

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17 12
The Loved One is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
The Loved One Evelyn Waugh

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15 11
The Fateful Adventures of the ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Satirical Novels

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9 5
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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12 9
Scoop is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
jeffrey-collette added Scoop Evelyn Waugh

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10 7
Whatever is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Whatever Michel Houellebecq

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9 6
Gog is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Gog Giovanni Papini

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8 6
Faserland is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Faserland

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16 15
The Satyricon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
The Satyricon Petronius

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11 10
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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6 5
Jingo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
s_kate-kitty-van-a added Jingo Terry Pratchett

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19 19
World War Z is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
World War Z Max Brooks

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9 9
A Handful of Dust is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
jeffrey-collette added A Handful of Dust Evelyn Waugh

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12 13
Babbitt is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Babbitt Sinclair Lewis

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9 10
The Eyre Affair is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
The Eyre Affair Jasper Fforde

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5 6
Boomsday is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Boomsday Christopher Buckley

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3 5
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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3 7
Mother's Milk is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Jeffrey Manley added Mother's Milk Edward St Aubyn

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8 14
War with the Newts is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
War with the Newts Karel Čapek

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5 11
The Magic Christian is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
The Magic Christian Terry Southern

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4 12
Company is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Company Max Barry

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4 15
Super Sad True Love Story is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Super Sad True Love Story Gary Shteyngart