Books: The Black Humorists

In a generally thin time for fiction one of the most refreshing recent developments has been a vigorous new growth of satiric talent. It comes from a promising, if often provoking new group of U.S. novelists who were unpublished or all but unnoticed a few years ago These writers demand attention with a maverick, inventive, acidulously adult outlook that delights in salting the sores and needling the niceties of the megaton-megalopolis age. They deserve notice because their brand of comedy is so clearly not the saccharine hilarity packaged by commercial laff merchants not...

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