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  • Published: 1 May 1996
  • ISBN: 9780749395926
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 608

The Malayan Trilogy

Satiric trilogy about the last days of English Colonialism in Malaya in 1950s.

‘Like all good comic writers Mr Burgess lives his creations as much as he writes them. First class’

Anthony Burgess was an officer in the Colonial Service.In The Malayan Trilogy - Time for a Tiger, The Enemy in the Blanket and Beds in the East – he satirises the dog days of colonialism. Victor Crabbe is a well meaning, ineffectual English man in the tropics, keen to teach the Malays what the West can do for them. Through Crabbe’s rise and fall and a series of wonderfully colourful characters, Burgess lays bare racial and social prejudices of post-war Malaya during the upheaval of Independence.

  • Pub date: 1 May 1996
  • ISBN: 9780749395926
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 608

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 The Malayan Trilogy

“... a sad, hilarious book about the underlife of the expatriate East...”

John Lanchester, Independent on Sunday

“essentially and splendidly comic”

Allan Massie, The Scotsman

“...Magnificent black comedies about human nature: about vainglory, obliviousness, delusion, and the undertow of despair.”

Katherine A. Powers, The Boston Globe

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