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Earthly Powers
Anthony Burgess
publisher: Querido, Amsterdam, 1980



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Anthony Burgess' epic masterpiece follows the lives of two men who each represent different kinds of earthly power. Kenneth Toomey is an eminent novelist, world-famous homosexual, and a man who has outlived his contemporaries to survive into honoured, bitter, luxurious old age as a celebrity of dubious notoriety. Don Carlo Campanati is a man of God, who rises through the Vatican as a subtle negotiator and shrewd manipulator to become the controversial architect of church revolution and a candidate for sainthood. Through the lives of these two men, related to each other not only by family ties but also by sympathy, genius and a deep common understanding of mankind's frailties, Burgess explores the very essence of power.

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ON ANTHONY BURGESS' BOOKSHELF

GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS
Gerard Manley Hopkins: the Major Works
Gerard Manley Hopkins,

JOYCE
Ulysses
James Joyce, 1922

Finnegans Wake
James Joyce, 1939

ORWELL
Nineteen Eighty-Four
George Orwell, 1949

SHAKESPEARE
Hamlet
William Shakespeare, 1602

King Richard II
William Shakespeare, 1595

THE CHURCH
On Free Choice of the Will
Bishop of Hippo Saint Augustine, 388-395

BOOKS BY ANTHONY BURGESS:

A Clockwork Orange
1962
In Burgess's infamous nightmare vision of youth culture in revolt, 15-year-old Alex and his friends set out on a diabolical orgy of robbery, rape, torture and murder. Alex is jailed for his teenage delinquency and the state tries to reform him - but at what cost?
WHAT TO READ AFTER A CLOCKWORK ORANGE?

DYSTOPIA: THE FUTURE AS NIGHTMARE
Brave New World
Aldous Huxley, 1932
Into the neatly programmed 'Brave New World' of test-tube babies and drug-controlled happiness, misfit Bernard Marx brings the innocent Savage. Huxley's vision of the future is also a chilling comment on the present.

Possibility of an Island
Michel Houellebecq, 2005
'Who among you deserves eternal life?' Houellebecq's novel, which moves between Paris, Andalucia and Lanzarotte, and between the near and far-distant future, is a thought provoking, sometimes shocking, and ultimately moving examination of the modern world, the trials of old age and the death of love.

Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury, 1953

The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood, 1985

MUSIC CAN BE HARMFUL TO YOUR HEALTH
Kreutzer Sonata
Leo N. Tolstoy, 1890
When Pozdnyshev suspects his wife of having an affair with her music partner, his jealousy consumes him and drives him to murder.

American Psycho
Bret Easton Ellis, 1991
In a black satire of the eighties, a decade of naked greed and unparalleled callousness, a successful Wall Street yuppie cannot get enough of anything -including murder.

TELL IT IN YOUR OWN WORDS
The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, 1951
A 16-year old American boy relates in his own words the experiences he goes through at school and after, and reveals with unusual candour the workings of his own mind.

Blue Mondays
Arnon Grunberg, 1994
A disenfranchised young slacker prowls the seamy and sleazy back alleys of Amsterdam's red-light district.

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
Roddy Doyle, 1993

ON ANTHONY BURGESS' BOOKSHELF

THE CHURCH
On Free Choice of the Will
Bishop of Hippo Saint Augustine, 388-395

Earthly Powers
1980
About a writer and the man to whom he is linked through family ties, an earthy Italian priest destined to become Pope.
Inside Mr. Enderby
1963
The humorous escapades of Enderby - poet, social critic, comrade and Catholic.
ON ANTHONY BURGESS' BOOKSHELF

THE FUTURE LOOKS BLEAK
Nineteen Eighty-Four
George Orwell, 1949

1985
1978
In an interview with himself, Burgess explores key aspects of Orwell's 1984.
The End of the World News
1982
Three separate and apparently unrelated narratives, one concerning a future voyage into space, one based on the life of Trotsky and one on the life of Marx.
The Kingdom of the Wicked
1985
An irreverent account of the early days of Christianity.
The Pianoplayers
1986
Partly based on Burgess's childhood experiences - his father was a piano player in Manchester pubs.
Nothing Like the Sun
1964
The story of Shakespeare's love life.
Here Comes Everybody
1965
'An Introduction to James Joyce for the Ordinary Reader'
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