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Earthly Powers
     

Earthly Powers

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by Anthony Burgess
 

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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,

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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.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Burgess's ambitious study of 20th-century history centers on the stormy relationship between an effete, popular novelist and a Faustian priest. (Jan.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780380569038
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/28/1981
Pages:
720

Meet 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.”

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Earthly Powers 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Earthly Powers' is a sprawling satire covering about seventy years. It tells the story of an earthy priest who would become pope. It is narrated by his brother's wife's brother, an aged homosexual novelist who rejected Catholicism in his youth. Don Carlo the priest is obviously a stand-in for Pope John XXIII. Many important historical and literary figures turn up throughout the book. Thematically, it riffs on the anbiguity of moral freedom and human goodness. The book is thoughtful, surprising, and very funny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago