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Napoleon symphony

By: Burgess, Anthony

1847658911 / 9781847658913
237 pages

A grand and tragi-comic symphony to Napoleon Bonaparte, this novel unteases and reweaves Napoleon's life - from the first great days of his campaigns in 1796 to exile and death on St.

Helena a quarter of a century later. Burgess' Bonaparte is a cuckold, afflicted with heartburn and halitosis while enacting a wily seduction of Tsar Alexander, conquering Egypt and crowning himself Emperor.Witty, sardonic, intellectual, Napoleon Symphony is Burgess at his most challenging and inventive.

In creating a novel based on a musical form, Burgess is playing with structure, from the grand, ambitious shape of the novel itself, through to the finer composition of each sentence.


FA Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), FV Historical fiction

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