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ABBA ABBA delves right into a literary secret with the entire originality, mind's eye, and get pleasure from 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 excellent 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 super proficient poet little identified 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 e-book, Burgess units out a sensational literary hypothesis: If Belli had identified Keats, might the latter have inspired him? If Keats had identified Belli, may perhaps Keats have followed whatever of the Italian's earthy variety into his personal verse? the second one half deals a canny collection of Belli's occasionally stunning poetry, translated into English with the entire chew and verbal aptitude of the originals by means of 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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