In characteristically daring style, Anthony Burgess combines two responses to Orwell's 1984 in one book.
The first is a sharp analysis: through dialogues, parodies and essays, Burgess sheds new light on what he called 'an apocalyptic codex of our worst fears', creating a critique that is literature in its own right. Part two is Burgess' own dystopic vision, written in 1978.
He skewers both the present and the future, describing a state where industrial disputes and social unrest compete with overwhelming surveillance, security concerns and the dominance of technology to make life a thing to be suffered rather than lived. Together these two works form a unique guide to one of the twentieth century's most talented, imaginative and prescient writers.
Several decades later, Burgess' most singular work still stands.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 14/03/2013
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781846689192
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