On the eve of US President Donald Trump’s official visit to the UK, Serpent’s Tail has acquired a new novel by "America’s last remaining dissident writer", Jarett Kobek, author of I Hate the Internet.
Only Americans Burn in Hell, which will be published in March 2019 to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the "famously corrupt" administration of President Ulysses S. Grant, tells the story of an immortal lesbian fairy who travels to a country where the only media people consume is spectacular pornography about war; where voters have elected a shameless and narcissistic millionaire; and where the media is owned by filthy rich men who don’t care about any of it as long as it continues to make them filthy rich.
UK and translation rights were acquired by Serpent’s Tail commissioning editor Nick Sheerin.
Sheerin said: "Jarett is our most important satirist, and Only Americans Burn in Hell takes aim at the wealthy charlatans who’ve stolen our democracy, at the bankrupt progressive agenda that allowed it to happen, and at the media whose hypocrisy sustains it all. It’s very funny and very angry, and certainly the most political novel ever written about fairies."
Kobek, who lives "in internal exile" in Los Angeles, said: "One time, my father gave me some advice. 'Kid,' he said, 'If you’re going to kill yourself, don't be selfish. Leave a note.' In the spirit of those words, I’m delighted that Serpent’s Tail is publishing a book that will be both the cause and explanation of my career suicide.’"
President Trump is set to visit London on Friday (13th July).