Few politicians in history have deserved lampooning as richly as Donald Trump. And few have had their just deserts served up as deliciously as in the Trumpiad, “a true epic about a mock President” (Stuart Klawans).
Before TV came along, the role of late-night comedy—to tweak with truth the nose of power—was played by satire in verse, often abetted by the artist’s pen. In their caustic, uproarious Trumpiad, Evan Eisenberg and Steve Brodner reinvent this grand tradition for our demented times. Inspired by Swift, Byron, and Dorothy Parker as much as by John Oliver and Stephen Colbert, Eisenberg traces our hero from the murk of his ancestry (grandfather Friedrich)—
An immigrant! An enterprising
Thanks to whom the gold-drunk Yukon
Had a polished floor to puke on
In a posh bordello
—to his latest high crimes and misadventures—
For Trump our government is one
Gargantuan selfie stick;
Likewise a Pantagruely grand
Prosthesis for his stumpy hand
The public purse to pick.
Using a rakish, endlessly flexible five-line stanza he calls the Emilick—the love child of Emily Dickinson and Edward Lear—Eisenberg follows the arc of Trump’s career as it bends toward injustice, hits it, and sinks still lower. Brodner matches the poet punch for punch, in the spirit of such great political artists as Hogarth, Goya, and Daumier.
Evan Eisenberg’s essays and satire have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Nation, The New Republic, Time, Esquire, and The New York Times. His book The Ecology of Eden has been hailed as “a prose epic [of] dazzling wit and impressive learning” (Washington Post) and a “tour-de-force of magnificent visionary sweep (Sunday Times, London), while The Recording Angel has been selected as one of the "50 greatest music books ever" by the Observer (U.K.).
Widely credited with spearheading the revival of drawn satire over the past four decades, Steve Brodner has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Harper’s, Esquire, Playboy, Mother Jones, The Nation, and the Los Angeles Times. Recipient of numerous awards, including the Hamilton King Award and the Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, Brodner has been hailed by Lewis Lapham as “a born arsonist” and by Edward Sorel as “incomparable… the best caricaturist around.”
"[Eisenberg's] stanzas—torrential, merciless, coruscating, and often irreproachably scabrous—bristle with Hudibrastic brilliance..."
—Matthew Gurewitsch, beyondcriticism.com
"A renaissance in the art of satire may be the only good to come out of Donald Trump's presidency. Evan Eisenberg’s delectable Trumpiad—abetted by Steve Brodner's razor-sharp drawings—is a whacked-out high-rococo comedy to be cherished alongside Alec Baldwin's and Melissa McCarthy's down-and-dirty burlesques on SNL.”
“A must-read (and laugh-till-you-weep) for our times.”
—Sharon Dolin, winner of the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry
“Witty and wonderful.”
Published by Terra Nova Press, a new operation founded by David Rothenberg, to be distributed by MIT Press starting in Winter 2019. We print on acid-free paper, with a flexibound high-quality binding made in Estonia, producing beautiful books that will last a very long time.
With this Kickstarter campaign, Terra Nova Press revives another grand tradition of English literature: pre-selling books by subscription. From Alexander Pope to Mark Twain, this early form of crowdfunding made possible the appearance of classics that might otherwise never have seen the light of day.
For the same 15 bucks you’d eventually pay in a bookstore, you can be a patron of the arts—and a card-carrying member of the Resistance. For a tad more, you can get the book in time for holiday gift giving, over a month before the official pub date. For that matter, why not double your pledge and get two copies—one for yourself and one for a Significantly Trump-Obsessed Other?
Risks and challenges
We are printing these books as beautifully and quickly as we can, and we hope we can raise enough funds to do the best job we can and get these words and pictures out to you as fast as we can... before it's all over!
Book to printers: November 2018
Books arrive in warehouses: December 2018
Kickstarter supporters get books: late December 2018
Everyone else gets books: late January 2019
- (45 days)