Anthony Burgess

1985

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In characteristically daring style, Anthony Burgess combines two responses to Orwell's 1984 in one book. The first is a sharp analysis: through dialogues, parodies and essays, Burgess sheds new light on what he called 'an apocalyptic codex of our worst fears', creating a critique that is literature in its own right.

Part two is Burgess' own dystopic vision, written in 1978. He skewers both the present and the future, describing a state where industrial disputes and social unrest compete with overwhelming surveillance, security concerns and the dominance of technology to make life a thing to be suffered rather than lived.

Together these two works form a unique guide to one of the twentieth century's most talented, imaginative and prescient writers. Several decades later, Burgess' most singular work still stands.

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    Мария Евдокимоваhas quoted2 years ago
    Youth is part of a process, but it is important to the young that it be represented as a quasi-permanency, something static, almost spatial.
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    structure for building one. Bakunin made an idiosyncratic dialectic for his own use. History was moving towards the building of a better world, therefore new things were better than old. If you destroyed old things, new things came into being to take their place. Ergo, let us all start to destroy old things.
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    Hegelian definition of the human spirit – ‘an I that is a we and a we that is an I’ – seems to be reflected in Bakunin’s own ‘I do not want to be I, I want to be We,’ which in turn gives a meaning to Zamyatin’s title We.

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