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A Clockwork Orange

Zweiter Druck der amerikanischen Ausgabe (1963)

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Verlag W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. New York
Auflage/ Erscheinungsjahr 1963
Format 21,5 ×14,5 cm
Einbandart/ Medium/ Ausstattung gebunden mit Schutzumschlag
Seiten/ Spieldauer 185 Seiten
SFB Artikelnummer (SFB_ID) SFB-006267_AQ-LI

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Here—in his own strange and disturbing words—is the declaration of a young hooligan. Alex and his gang roam the streets of the not very distant future, swinging their bicycle chains, spreading terror and tragedy wherever they swagger in their arrogant boots.
Alex is the world of the future and—as he would say it—he is a "real starry horror-show." And yet Alex has a point to make— one which lifts A Clockwork Orange above straight horror-comedy to the level of a brilliant and terrifying fable of good and evil and the importance of human choice.

As the genial Alex puts it: "This biting of their toenails over what is the cause of badness is what turns me into a fine laughing malchik. They don't go into what is the cause of goodness, so why of the other shop. If lewdies are good that's because they like it, and I wouldn't interfere with their pleasures—and I was patronizing the other shop. Badness is of the seif, the one, the you or me on our oddy knockies and that seif is made by old Bog or God and is his great pride. But the not-self cannot have the bad, meaning they of the government and the judges and the schools cannot allow the bad because they cannot allow the seif. And is not our modern history, my brothers, the story of brave malenky selves fighting these big machines? I am serious with you, brothers, over this. But what I do I do because I like to do."

A Clockwork Orange is driving narrative, a superb invention, and disturbing in meaning. It is a novel of both artistic and social importance.

The book includs a glossary of the Nadsat Language.

Über den Autor

Anthony Burgess was born in Manchester, England, in 1917. After studying music and languages in Manchester (during this period he wrote a symphony), he joined the Army in October, 1940, and served for three years.

Mr. Burgess did not take seriously to writing until his late thirties. His main ambition was to be known as a composer, and he has produced and had performed musical works of widely differing types. In 1954 he aeeepted a post as Education Offi-cer in the Federation of Malaya, where he remained until the Coming of independence.

Writing has now become a full-time job for Mr. Burgess. He plans his works much as he used to plan fugues and sonatas. He insists that literature is primarily an audi-tory art, and he intends that his novels should be read with the ear rather than the eye. Inevitably, he greatly admires James Joyce, though little of Joyce's influence is apparent in his own work.

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