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What Jonathan Swift did for starving Irish children, Melvin Jules Bukiet does for Christianity, the Holocaust, and Euro Disney. In Signs and Wonders, Bukiet describes a messiah who emerges from the ruins of a German prison barge with muggers, thieves, and a Nazi in tow. Well, Jesus associated with known ne’er-do-wells, too. In his previous novel, After, Bukiet cast his black-humored eye over life in the concentration camps and postwar Germany. This time, he demolishes political correctness by aiming a satirical bazooka at God, genocide, professional wrestling, and family-oriented destination vacationing as his characters get sucked into the millennial vortex. And you have to love a protagonist named Snakes Hammurabi…. Bukiet will discuss and sign copies of Signs and Wonders at 7 p.m. at Chapters, 1512 K St. NW. Free. (202) 347-5495. (Janet Hopf)