Join us

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Newsletter

Anthony Burgess

Earthly Powers

Anthony Burgess

Earthly Powers

2012, pp. 656, Paperback
ISBN: 9781609450847
Region: Britain
Available as ebook Available as ebook Available as ebook
$ 19.00

The book

Anthony Burgess, author of A Clockwork Orange, is regarded as one of the most original and daring writers in the English language. His work is illuminated by a dazzling imagination, by a gift for character and plot, by a talent for surprise.

In Earthly Powers Burgess created his masterpiece. At its center are two twentieth-century men who represent different kinds of power—Kenneth Toomey, eminent novelist, a man who has outlived his contemporaries to survive into honored, bitter, luxurious old age as a celebrity of dubious notoriety; and Don Carlo Campanati, a man of God, eventually beloved Pope, who rises through the Vatican as a shrewd manipulator to become the architect of church revolution and a candidate for sainthood.

Through the lives of these two modern men Burgess explores the very essence of power. As each pursues his career—one to sainthood, one to wealthy exile—their relationship becomes the heart of a narrative that incorporates almost everyone of fame and distinction in the social, literary, and political life of America and Europe. This astonishing company is joined together by the art of a great novelist into an explosive and entertaining tour de force that will captivate fans of sweeping historic fiction.

The author

Anthony Burgess
Anthony Burgess was an English author, poet, playwright, composer, linguist, translator, and critic, best known for his dystopian satire A Clockwork Orange. In 2008, The Times placed Burgess number seventeen on their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945."

Reviews

From the same country

  • Jane Gardam

    The Flight of the Maidens

    2017, pp. 280, $ 17.00
    Jane Gardam, author of the Old Filth Trilogy, delivers another modern classic in The Flight of the Maidens. With her characteristic wit, Gardam...
  • Rebecca Wait

    The Followers

    2017, pp. 304, $ 17.00
    The Followers is a compassionate and suspenseful story of the dissolution of a family.
  • Sarah Moss

    Signs for Lost Children

    2017, pp. 368, $ 19.00
    Award-winning author Sarah Moss's most recent work of historical fiction is a portrait of a young couple's unconventional marriage as it's tested...
  • Andrew Miller

    The Crossing

    2017, pp. 320, $ 18.00
    Andrew Miller's The Crossing is a fascinating modern tale of a brave and uncompromising woman's attempt to seize control of her life and fate.
  • Richard Francis

    Crane Pond

    2016, pp. 326, $ 18.00
    Richard Francis's stunning novel Crane Pond is the story of Samuel Sewall, loving father and husband, anti-slavery advocate, defender of Native...
  • Emily Woof

    The Lightning Tree

    2016, pp. 336, $ 17.00
    United Kingdom circa the 1980s——Ursula and Jerry find themselves surrounded by hip hairdos and dominating parents. When both escape to separate...