On the eve of President Donald J. Trump’s official visit to the UK, Serpent’s Tail is delighted to announce the acquisition of a new novel by America’s last remaining dissident writer, Jarett Kobek, author of the cult hit 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 with titles like Wonder Woman and Captain America; where voters have elected a shameless and narcissistic millionaire; and where the media is owned by a rare species of filthy rich lizard that doesn’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.’ 

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