A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
“A brilliant novel.… [A] savage satire on the distortions of the single and collective minds.”―New York Times
In Anthony Burgess’s influential nightmare vision of the future, where the criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, a teen who talks in a fantastically inventive slang that evocatively renders his and his friends’ intense reaction against their society. Dazzling and transgressive, A Clockwork Orange is a frightening fable about good and evil and the meaning of human freedom.
“Looks like a nasty little shocker, but is really that rare thing in English letters: a philosophical novel.”
“A Clockwork Orange… is a book that can still be read with steady pleasure, continuous amusement and―at times―incredulous admiration.”
- Martin Amis, New York Times Book Review
“A terrifying and marvelous book.”
- Roald Dahl
“A very funny book.”
- William S. Burroughs
Anthony Burgess (25th February 1917-22nd November 1993) was one of the UK's leading academics and most respected literary figures. A prolific author, during his writing career Burgess found success as a novelist, critic, composer, playwright, screenwriter, travel writer, essayist, poet and librettist, as well as working as a translator, broadcaster, linguist and educationalist. His fiction also includes NOTHING LIKE THE SUN, a recreation of Shakespeare's love-life, but he is perhaps most famous for the complex and controversial novel A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, exploring the nature of evil. Born in Manchester, he spent time living in Southeast Asia, the USA and Mediterranean Europe as well as in England, until his death in 1993.