A Clockwork Orange
A Clockwork Orange is the daring and electrifying book by Anthony Burgess that inspired one of the most notorious films ever made, beautifully repackaged as part of the Penguin Essentials range.
‘What’s it going to be then, eh?’
In this nightmare vision of youth in revolt, fifteen-year-old Alex and friends set out on a diabolical orgy of robbery and rape, torture and murder. Alex is jailed for his teenage delinquency and the State tries to reform him – but at what cost?
Social prophecy? Black comedy? Study of freewill? A Clockwork Orange is all of these. It is also a dazzling experiment in language, as Burgess creates a new language – ‘nadsat’, the teenage slang of a not-too-distant future.
About the Author
Anthony Burgess (1917-1993) was a novelist, poet, playwright, composer and critic. Best known for his novel A Clockwork Orange (1962) he also wrote thirty-three novels, twenty-five works of non-fiction, two volumes of autobiography, three symphonies and thousands of essays, articles and reviews.
Burgess was born in Manchester. and educated at Xaverian College and Manchester University. He lived in Malaya, Malta, Monaco, Italy and the United States, among other places. His books are still widely read all over the world.
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