By Anthony Burgess
A novel as terrific, transgressive, and influential as while it used to be released fifty years ago.
A nightmare imaginative and prescient of the long run informed in its personal superbly artistic lexicon, A Clockwork Orange surprised readers on its ebook in 1962. It has for the reason that turn into a vintage of dystopian literature and the root for Stanley Kubrick’s as soon as banned movie, whose fresh Blu-Ray DVD reissue has introduced this innovative story on glossy civilization to a fair wider viewers. This fiftieth anniversary version of the radical is released with the unique British cover.
A vicious fifteen-year-old "droog" is the critical personality of this 1963 vintage, whose stark terror used to be captured in Stanley Kubrick's fabulous movie of a similar name. In Anthony Burgess's nightmare imaginative and prescient of the destiny, the place criminals take over after darkish, the tale is advised through the valuable personality, Alex, who talks in a brutal invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends' social pathology.
A Clockwork Orange is a daunting delusion approximately stable and evil, and the which means of human freedom. while the country undertakes to reform Alex — to "redeem" him — the radical asks, "At what cost?"
This variation contains the debatable final bankruptcy now not released within the first variation and Burgess's advent "A Clockwork Orange Resucked."
First released 1962
A terrifying and awesome book.
— Roald Dahl
I have no idea of the other author who has performed as a lot with language as Mr. Burgess has performed here—the incontrovertible fact that this is often additionally a truly humorous publication could go unnoticed.
— William S. Burroughs
“A impressive novel . . . a savage satire at the distortions of the only and collective minds.”
— long island Times
“Anthony Burgess has written what feels like a bad little shocker, yet is actually that infrequent factor in English letters: a philosophical novel.”
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An organization is neither conscious nor alive. Its value is instrumental and derivative. It is not good in itself; it is good only to the extent that it promotes the good of the individuals who are the parts of the collective whole. To give organizations precedence over persons is to subordinate ends to means. What happens when ends are subordinated to means was clearly demonstrated by Hitler and Stalin. Under their hideous rule personal ends were subordinated to organizational means by a mixture of violence and propaganda, systematic terror and the systematic manipulation of minds.
Propaganda in favor of action that is consonant with enlightened self-interest appeals to reason by means of logical arguments based upon the best available evidence fully and honestly set forth. Propaganda in favor of action dictated by the impulses that are below self-interest offers false, garbled or incomplete evidence, avoids logical argument and seeks to influence its victims by the mere repetition of catchwords, by the furious denunciation of foreign or domestic scapegoats, and by cunningly associating the lowest passions with the highest ideals, so that atrocities come to be perpetrated in the name of God and the most cynical kind of Realpolitik is treated as a matter of religious principle and patriotic duty.
To give organizations precedence over persons is to subordinate ends to means. What happens when ends are subordinated to means was clearly demonstrated by Hitler and Stalin. Under their hideous rule personal ends were subordinated to organizational means by a mixture of violence and propaganda, systematic terror and the systematic manipulation of minds. In the more efficient dictatorships of tomorrow there will probably be much less violence than under Hitler and Stalin. The future dictator’s subjects will be painlessly regimented by a corps of highly trained social engineers.
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess