|Man Who Japed, the (1956) [Novel]|
by Philip K. Dick
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'He undermined their world with mockery!'
Serious about his duty as head of propaganda for Moral Reclamation, Allen Purcell (an alternate-reality Steve Allen?) can't understand why he feels compelled to undermine the very principles society is based on, with such antics as presenting,
on The Pageant of Time, with testimony from 'a panel of distinguished authorities', a colossal jape loosely based on Swift's 'A Modest Proposal'. And what will happen if Morec discovers he has Major Streiter's head in his closet? Dick's investigation of humor as a weapon against dystopia.
Original title: The Man Who Japed
Genre: Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Political→ Dystopia/Utopia