By Anthony Burgess
ABBA ABBA delves right into a literary secret with the entire originality, mind's eye, and have fun with that readers have prized within the writer of A Clockwork Orange, 1985, and Nothing just like the Sun.
In this novel, Anthony Burgess conjectures the prospective assembly in Rome in 1820 or 1821 of 2 ideally suited masters of the sonnet shape. One is John Keats, who's loss of life in a home at the Spanish Steps. the opposite is Giuseppe Gioacchino Belli-an tremendous talented poet little recognized open air Rome, simply because he writes unsentimental, usually blasphemous poems within the tough dialect of town streets. within the first a part of the publication, Burgess units out a sensational literary hypothesis: If Belli had recognized Keats, might the latter have prompted him? If Keats had identified Belli, may well Keats have followed whatever of the Italian's earthy sort into his personal verse? the second one half deals a canny number of Belli's occasionally stunning poetry, translated into English with the entire chew and verbal aptitude of the originals via one "J. J. Wilson"-who, through a stroke of fine fortune, looks to have the singular presents of the novel's writer himself.
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ABBA ABBA by Anthony Burgess