By Anthony Burgess
ABBA ABBA delves right into a literary secret with all the originality, mind's eye, and take pleasure in 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 preferrred 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 proficient poet little identified open air Rome, simply because he writes unsentimental, usually blasphemous poems within the tough dialect of the 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 motivated him? If Keats had identified Belli, may Keats have followed anything of the Italian's earthy variety into his personal verse? the second one half bargains a canny number of Belli's occasionally surprising poetry, translated into English with the entire chew and verbal aptitude of the originals by means of one "J. J. Wilson"-who, by means of a stroke of excellent fortune, seems to be to have the singular presents of the novel's writer himself.
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