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  • Published: 1 July 2004
  • ISBN: 9780099468646
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 656
  • RRP: $36.99

Earthly Powers




Rollicking, panoramic epic of 20th century by the author of 'A Clockwork Orange'

Kenneth Toomey is an eminent novelist of dubious talent; Don Carlo Campanati is a man of God, a shrewd manipulator who rises through the Vatican to become the architect of church revolution and a candidate for sainthood. These two men are linked not only by family ties but by a common understanding of mankind's frailties. In this epic masterpiece, Anthony Burgess plumbs the depths of the essence of power and the lengths men will go for it.

  • Published: 1 July 2004
  • ISBN: 9780099468646
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 656
  • RRP: $36.99

About the author

Anthony Burgess

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.

He achieved a worldwide reputation as one of the leading novelists of his day, and one of the most versitile. His writings include criticism, scripts and translations, and a Broadway musical, and he composed three symphonies which have been publicly performed in the USA. His books have been published all over the world and include A Clockwork Orange, The Clockwork Testament, Inside Mr Enderby, Enderby's Dark Lady, Earthly Powers, Abba Abba and The End of the World News.

Anthony Burgess died in 1993.

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Praise for Earthly Powers

Crowded, crammed, bursting with manic erudition, garlicky puns, omnilingual jokes... which meshes the real and personalised history of the twentieth century

Martin Amis

Burgess is the great postmodern storehouse of British writing-an important experimentalist; an encyclopaedic amasser, but also a maker of form; a playful comic, with a dark gloom

Malcolm Bradbury

Enormous imagination and vitality - a huge book in every way

Sunday Times

A hellfire tract thrown down by a novelist at the peak of his powers

The Times

In all ways, a remarkable book

Paul Theroux

Wildly funny-a masterpiece

A. S. Byatt, Daily Mail

Burgess's ambitious study of 20th-century history centers on the stormy relationship between an effete, popular novelist and a Faustian priest

Publishers Weekly

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