Modern Classics A Clockwork Orange

Modern Classics A Clockwork Orange

Paperback | February 22, 2000

byAnthony BurgessForeword byBlake Morrison

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Fully restored edition of Anthony Burgess' original text of A Clockwork Orange, with a glossary of the teen slang 'Nadsat', explanatory notes, pages from the original typescript, interviews, articles and reviews Edited by Andrew Biswell With a Foreword by Martin Amis 'It is a horrorshow story ...' Fifteen-year-old Alex likes lashings of ultraviolence. He and his gang of friends rob, kill and rape their way through a nightmarish future, until the State puts a stop to his riotous excesses. But what will his re-education mean? A dystopian horror, a black comedy, an exploration of choice, A Clockwork Orange is also a work of exuberant invention which created a new language for its characters. This critical edition restores the text of the novel as Anthony Burgess originally wrote it, and includes a glossary of the teen slang 'Nadsat', explanatory notes, pages from the original typescript, interviews, articles and reviews, shedding light on the enduring fascination of the novel's 'sweet and juicy criminality'. Anthony Burgess was born in Manchester in 1917 and educated at Xaverian College and Manchester University. He spent six years in the British Army before becoming a schoolmaster and colonial education officer in Malaya and Brunei. After the success of his Malayan Trilogy, he became a full-time writer in 1959. His books have been published all over the world, and they include The Complete Enderby, Nothing Like the Sun, Napoleon Symphony, Tremor of Intent, Earthly Powers and A Dead Man in Deptford. Anthony Burgess died in London in 1993. Andrew Biswell is the Professor of Modern Literature at Manchester Metropolitan University and the Director of the International Anthony Burgess Foundation. His publications include a biography, The Real Life of Anthony Burgess, which won the Portico Prize in 2006. He is currently editing the letters and short stories of Anthony Burgess.

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  For those who don’t find Kubrick’s film adaptation disturbing enough, the novel from which it was derived will more than compensate. Perhaps, with the growing rise in youth violence, A Clockwork Orange is more relevant now than when first published. Certainly Burgess’s dystopia is more of a realistic threat to society than Huxley’s o...

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Fully restored edition of Anthony Burgess' original text of A Clockwork Orange, with a glossary of the teen slang 'Nadsat', explanatory notes, pages from the original typescript, interviews, articles and reviews Edited by Andrew Biswell With a Foreword by Martin Amis 'It is a horrorshow story ...' Fifteen-year-old Alex likes lashin...

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In this nightmare vision of a not-too-distant future, fifteen-year-old Alex and his three friends rob, rape, torture and murder - for fun. Alex is jailed for his vicious crimes and the State undertakes to reform him - but how and at what cost?

Anthony Burgess was born in Manchester in 1917 and educated at Xaverian College and Manchester University. He spent six years in the British Army before becoming a schoolmaster and colonial education officer in Malaya and Brunei. After the success of his Malayan Trilogy, he became a full-time writer in 1959. His books have been publish...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.75 × 5.25 × 0.43 inPublished:February 22, 2000Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141182601

ISBN - 13:9780141182605

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  For those who don’t find Kubrick’s film adaptation disturbing enough, the novel from which it was derived will more than compensate. Perhaps, with the growing rise in youth violence, A Clockwork Orange is more relevant now than when first published. Certainly Burgess’s dystopia is more of a realistic threat to society than Huxley’s or even Orwell’s grim future visions. The story follows Alex, leader of a band of teenage malcontents on a drug-fuelled spree of gang violence, break-and-enters and rape. When eventually arrested, the remorseless teen is chosen as the subject for a grim conditioning progress intended to curb his anti-social urges permanently. For the sheer scope of imagination, thought and literary genius, few tomes of any length can compete with this wickedly compelling little book.