Coup (Updike)

The Coup 
John Updike, 1978
Random House
480 pp.
ISBN-13: 9780449242599

In his freewheeling satire, Updike dissects government disfunction in Kush, a fictionalized, modern African state. He also skewers America's hapless compulsion to dispense its largesse.

Narrated tongue-in-cheek by Kush's exiled president, Colonel Felix Ellellou, Updike proves he is an equal opportunity employer when it comes to slicing up hypocrisy, whether black or white, first world or third. He that concerns in the fictional African nation of Kush, as well as America's compulsion. (Adapted from the publishers and

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