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"The funniest writer now working in the English language.”Stephen King
Atlantic Monthly Press
978-0-87113-143-0 • $17.00 • Paperback • Apr. 1987
Tom Sharpe's savagely funny first novel is set in South Africa, where
the author was imprisoned and later deported.
When Miss Hazelstone of Jacaranda Park kills her Zulu cook in a
sensational crime passionnel,the hasty, rude members of the
South African police force are soon upon the scene: Kommandant van Heerden,
whose secret longing for the heart of an English gentleman leads to the most
memorable transplant operation yet recorded; Luitenant Verkramp of the Security
Branch, ever active in his search for Communist cells; Konstabel Els, with his
propensity for shooting first and not thinking later—and also for forcing
himself upon African women in a manner legally reserved for male members of
their own race.
In the course of the bizarre events that follow, we encounter some very
esoteric perversions when the Kommandant is held captive in Miss Hazelstone’s
remarkable rubber room; and some even more amazing perversions of justice when
Miss Hazelstone’s brother, the Bishop of Barotseland, is sentenced to be hanged
from the ancient gallows of the local prison.
Not a “political” novel in any previously imagined sense, Riotous
Assembly provides a completely fresh approach to the horror of South
Africa—an approach at once outrageous and startling in its deadpan savagery.
Along with Indecent
Exposure, this does for South Africa what Swift's A Modest Proposal
did for Ireland—“by the funniest writer now working in the English