- Paperback : 112 pages
- Item Weight : 6.2 ounces
- ISBN-13 : 979-8566560762
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.26 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Independently published (November 17, 2020)
- Language: : English
“Damn, A book of Calumny” is a collection of writings by journalist, essayist, iconoclast and most of all a contrarian H.L. Mencken.
This collection is without a clear narrative. Unless of course we consider the personality of Mencken as the real narrative of this collection. He writes with conviction and eloquence, a man who convinces you of his point simply by explaining it and without shying away from sensitivities and conventions.
This book is definitely not for everyone – Mencken spares few from his acerbic wit – but if you like biting sarcasm you’ll love it.
It’s a series of very short topical writings. What’s really striking is how little human nature has changed in 100 years. Satirical commentary from 1918 is still surprising pertinent in many, many cases. And even today, there might still be readers who find these writings hard to stomach.
In such cases we – at the Notoir HQ – smile a knowing smile, and say to them: “Well, that’s okay, you are just not ready for it, yet.”