The Devil's Mode And Other Stories

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Included in this collection are eight short stories and a 110-page novella, "Hun", about the life and loves of Attila and his fight against the patricians of Rome. The author has written over 50 books including "Any Old Iron", "Earthly Powers" and "A Clockwork Orange".

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The prolific author's first collection of short stories is a bonbon assortment, a mix of imaginary historical tales and fictional travel pieces. In the most daring story, William Shakespeare, visiting Spain with his troupe, meets an aged, raging Cervantes. In another, French poet Stephane Mallarme, bumming around Dublin with his pal, young Claude Debussy, trades views on art with 77-year-old Robert Browning. "Hun," a long, bloody romp through the crumbling Roman Empire, involves betrayal, murder and intrigue as Roman general Aetius attempts to use fearsome prince Attila as a "great whip" against Goths and Visigoths. Two stories deal with Englishmen's fascination with dark female flesh in the tropics. In "Murder to Music," a detective story a la Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes solves a case using a clue the reader may spot early on without being able to decode it. Laced with wit and irony, these sometimes convoluted tales are, at their frequent best, marvels of experiment and imagination.
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Three of the nine tales in Burgess's first collection of short stories are set in our time, each a sourly comic vignette of love and loneliness. The past is hardly more cheerful about humankind but proves more entertaining. In the tradition of Walter Savage Landor's Imaginary Conversations , hypothetical encounters are projected: Shakespeare and Cervantes in Spain (during a "friendship" tour Will and company make after the Armada has been defeated); Debussy, Mallarme, and Robert Browning in Dublin (where the Frenchmen delight in poetic and musical experimentation the aging Browning deplores); and Sherlock Holmes and Pablo Sarasate in London (where Holmes discovers that the violinist is a political assassin). Two novellas retell, respectively, the story of Der Rosenkavalier and Attila the Hun. Burgess is too dexterous ever to be dull, but in this moderately diverting collection, mild irony and witty erudition fail to disguise a want of feeling.
- Arthur Waldhorn, City Coll.,
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