I have tried my hand at writing satire from time to time, and inevitably a lot of people don't get it.
Maybe it's because I didn't do it very well.
Or maybe people just have a problem recognizing satire.
Given the popularitiy of The Daily Show and SNL, you'd think the genre would be pretty easy for readers to spot.
When I picked up "The Zone of Interest" before Christmas and started reading, I was struck by Martin Amis' writing, but I found myself, an experienced satirist, wondering, "Is this satire or not?"
It took a little, but soon became obvious. Yes, it was satire.
I guess part of the reason his traditional German-language publisher declined to print the German tranlation of "The Zone of Interest" was because it was satire and a lot of folks wouldn't realize it, and you wouldn't want to start hacking off Germans who are understandably sensitive about the Holocaust.
See, the book is a satire about a key German concentration camp during World War II.
Now I see that Amis does have a publisher, and the book is due out later this year.
I can't wait to see what kind of reception it receives.
I predict it will not be favorable, even though the book is terrific.