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Anthony Burgess
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Published (first published 1989)
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Erudite (e.g., one story is centered on Shakespeare and one on classical music, two of Burgess's notable interests) and stylish, one of the best things I've read recently. Short stories and novellas, mixture of historical fiction and modern expat-oriented works. The longer novella "Hun" (yes, it's about Attila) drags a bit, but the other pieces are first-rate. For the most part, Burgess avoids the ostentatious cleverness that occasionally has bugged me.
A book of nine short stories by Burgess. Anthony really shows off his aptitude in writing prose. In particular, I really liked the "eponymous" story.
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As usual with a short story collection, it is a hit and miss affair. The one longer story, 'Hun' however, makes it a worthwhile read. I only wish this historical story of Attila could not have been developed further.
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Anthony Burgess was a British novelist, critic and composer. He was also a librettist, poet, playwright, screenwriter, essayist, travel writer, broadcaster, translator, linguist and educationalist. Born in Manchester, he lived for long periods in Southeast Asia, the USA and Mediterranean Europe as well as in England. His fiction includes the Malayan trilogy (The Long Day Wanes) on the dying days o...more
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