If you make a revolution, make it for fun
In this idealistic state, Civilai had chosen to ignore that absence in Laos of one of the fundamental components for a successful communist revolution. There was no rebellious Lao proletariat. There were no factories in which to organize unions, and hardly any working class. ... But by the time the two young men arrived back in Asia in 1929, the seeds of revolt had been planted in their fertile minds. Communism would save their repressed countrymen whether they liked it or not.and
Haeng held out the book.and
“What is it?”
“It’s Chairman Mao’s `Little Red Book.’ We’ve had it translated into Lao.”
“What on earth for?”
“A good socialist is not a dustbin, with a closed lid. He is a letter box, always open to receive news.”That’s all delightful, I think, and it edges Anarchy and Old Dogs closer to satire than the earlier book.
“Well, that explains everything. I’ll do my best to keep my slot open.”
What other crime fiction does this? What other crime writers are satirical, aiming at serious targets, while retaining their sense of humor?
© Peter Rozovsky 2007
Asia crime fiction