A novel in verse form, "Byrne" echoes and takes further many of the preoccupations of Burgess's earlier fiction. It tells the story of a rampant Irish artist who, in the early days of the century, goes rapidly to the bad and ends up within Hitler's Third Reich.
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"A rumbustious memorial to one of the most unignorable literary presences of our time" Sunday Times "Dazzling... A brilliant and surprising conclusion to the career of one of the most intelligent and tireless writers of the century" -- Philip Hensher Mail on Sunday "A fine book" Independent "Byrne is full of his characteristic wit, gusto and erudition" -- David Lodge Observer "A complex dark comedy in fluently rhymed verse. Frequently hilarious and always engaging, this final book simultaneously satisfies the differing demands of prose fiction and narrative verse. Composed mostly in the same ottava rima that Byron used for "Don Juan," Byrne shows Burgess in command of his poetic medium. One might expect an author to experience new spiritual insight on his deathbed, but such a technical breakthrough is highly unusual" New York TimesAbout the Author:
Anthony Burgess was born in Manchester in 1917. He served in the army from 1940 to 1954 before becoming a colonial education officer. It was while he held this post that doctors told him he would die, and he decided to try to live by writing. A prolific and respected author, Burgess died in 1993.
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Book Description Hutchinson, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1St Edition. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0091792045
Book Description Hutchinson, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0091792045