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Earthly Powers

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Kenneth Toomey is an eminent novelist of dubious talent; Don Carlo Campanati is a man of God, a shrewd manipulator who rises through the Vatican to become the architect of church revolution and a candidate for sainthood. These two men are linked not only by family ties but by a common understanding of mankind's frailties. In this epic masterpiece, Anthony Burgess plumbs the depths of the essence of power and the lengths men will go for it.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 656 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 40mm | 458.14g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099468646
  • 9780099468646
  • 29,202

About 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. A prolific and respected author, Burgess died in 1993.show more

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"Crowded, crammed, bursting with manic erudition, garlicky puns, omnilingual jokes... which meshes the real and personalised history of the twentieth century" -- Martin Amis "Burgess is the great postmodern storehouse of British writing-an important experimentalist; an encyclopaedic amasser, but also a maker of form; a playful comic, with a dark gloom" -- Malcolm Bradbury "Enormous imagination and vitality - a huge book in every way" Sunday Times "A hellfire tract thrown down by a novelist at the peak of his powers" The Times "In all ways, a remarkable book" -- Paul Therouxshow more

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"In all ways, a remarkable book"show more

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'A hellfire tract thrown down by a novelist at the peak of his powers' The Times Kenneth Toomey is an eminent novelist of dubious talent. Don Carlo Campanati is a man of God, who rises through the Vatican to become the architect of church revolution and a candidate for sainthood. These two men are linked not only by family ties but by a common understanding of mankind's frailties. In this epic masterpiece, Anthony Burgess plumbs the depths of the essence of power and the lengths men will go for it. 'Crowded, crammed, bursting with manic erudition, garlicky puns, omnilingual jokes...meshes the real and personalised history of the twentieth century' Martin Amis See also: The Malayan Trilogyshow more
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