Prezident Scumbag!: A Sick Bastard Novella [Book Review]

Book Review of Prezident Scumbag!: A Sick Bastard Novella by Rupert Dreyfus

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Book: Prezident Scumbag!: A Sick Bastard Novella

Author: Rupert Dreyfus

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My Review:

I’ve got to give a strong nod in favor of this one! I was immediately taken in by Dreyfus’ style and pointed social critique. I can see why he’s amassed such a loyal following. It’s like Anthony Burgess meets Kurt Vonnegut at a black block/ punk rock show, all while reading anarchist philosophy.

This political satire follows a cast of misfit anarchists who travel to the U.S.A to put on a protest music show. Between drug-addled mischief and philosophical musings, a tale emerges of hope against the backdrop of the election of Prezident Scumbag (a thinly veiled poke at who know who). Racism and nationalism are major themes. The story centers on the UK-born Fazal Khan of Pakistani heritage.

This novella is a quick read but it’s a powerful one. As someone not from the UK there was a lot of slang to adjust to but I found myself soon thinking in the vernacular.

Dreyfus is a kind soul which you might not guess from the title and the notion of a punk rock band going to protest something. But, sprinkled throughout this book, are what are clearly Dreyfus’ own heartfelt, humanitarian expressions of bemusement, sadness, and concern at the present state of the world.

While I laughed a ton and was thoroughly entertained by the slew of oddball characters and their constant mischief, I was also overcome by a sense of the gravity of the moment.

You Should Read it If:

This is a highly politicized book as you can imagine. Thus, you should read it if:

  • You’re left-leaning politically
  • You’re concerned about the rise of nationalism or right-wing movements

Full Synopsis (Quoted Directly from Amazon):

While kicking about their squat, a community of crust punk squatters from the north of England learn all about the newly elected President of the World. Turns out this president happens to be their worst nightmare in a shirt and tie. He is, in their words, a corporate swine who promises to make things do stuff tomorrow. Nobody has a fucking clue what he’s talking about.

The punks soon figure that the only sensible response to the madness happening all across the world is to fly the band over to America and put on the protest show to end all protest shows. But shortly after landing in Los Angeles, the band quickly finds themselves in trouble with just about everyone…

American presidential nightmares, Tory filth, post-truth nonsense, alt-right gobshites; Prezident Scumbag! takes a pop at all of these and more in the crustiest, filthiest, angriest narrative ever to come out of somebody’s imagination. At a time when culture is begging for a reawakening of anti-establishment sentiments, Rupert Dreyfus continues to fill that void by taking his two middle fingers and ramming them down the collective throat of the mainstream.

If you’re sick and tired of right-wing populist bell-ends pretending they’re the new anti-establishment force then this story will provide you with reassurance that you’re not going mental.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve got to give a strong nod in favor of this one! I was immediately taken in by Dreyfus’ style and pointed social critique. I can see why he’s amassed such a loyal following. It’s like Anthony Burgess meets Kurt Vonnegut at a black block/ punk rock show, all while reading anarchist philosophy.

This political satire follows a cast of misfit anarchists who travel to the U.S.A to put on a protest music show. Between drug-addled mischief and philosophical musings, a tale emerges of hope against the backdrop of the election of Prezident Scumbag (a thinly veiled poke at who know who). Racism and nationalism are major themes. The story centers on the UK-born Fazal Khan of Pakistani heritage.

This novella is a quick read but it’s a powerful one. As someone not from the UK there was a lot of slang to adjust to but I found myself soon thinking in the vernacular.

Dreyfus is a kind soul which you might not guess from the title and the notion of a punk rock band going to protest something. But, sprinkled throughout this book, are what are clearly Dreyfus’ own heartfelt, humanitarian expressions of bemusement, sadness, and concern at the present state of the world.

While I laughed a ton and was thoroughly entertained by the slew of oddball characters and their constant mischief, I was also overcome by a sense of the gravity of the moment.

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