9780719074097   Product Code: 20638
Satire, humour, incongruity and the fantastic have long been deployed by writers attempting to convey the fundamental absurdity of the human condition and the futility of our search for meaning. This history ranges from Shakespeare's depictions of madness, through Swift and Sterne, to Samuel Beckett and Flann O'Brien. It examines movements such as Surrealism and European writers such as Kafka, Ionesco and Artaud and the Soviet satirist Daniil Kharms; and assesses the influence of the absurd on popular culture. No jacket.