There's a lot more to Burgess than A Clockwork Orange, and this bustling novel finds him biting off more than lesser writers could swallow. The friendship between a novelist and a priest takes in the whole 20th century, with parts for everyone from Joyce to Goebbels. Brimming with intoxicating language and sparkling ideas, it's the kind of literary feast they just don't serve up any more.
— Charles Bottomley
In Earthly Powers Burgess created his masterpiece. At its center are two twentieth-century men who represent different kinds of power—Kenneth Toomey, a past-his-prime author of mediocre fiction, a man who has outlived his contemporaries to survive into, bitter, luxurious old age, living in self-exile on Malta; and Don Carlo Campanati, a man of God, eventually of church revolution and a candidate for sainthood beloved Pope, who rises through the Vatican as a shrewd manipulator to become the architect.
Through the lives of these two modern men Burgess explores the very essence of power in a narrative that spans from Hollywood, to Dublin, Nairobi, Paris, and beyond.
About the Author
Anthony Burgess was an English author, poet, playwright, composer, linguist, translator and critic, best known for his dystopian satire A Clockwork Orange. In 2008, The Times placed Burgess number 17 on their list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945.”