Burgess Foundation discovered sequel to A Clockwork Orange

At the Burgess Foundation in Manchester is an old manuscript of two hundred pages discovered that as a sequel to the boekklassieker A Clockwork Orange (1962) can be seen, reports The Guardian Thursday.

Writer Anthony Burgess wrote the manuscript of The Clockwork Condition, in 1972, after Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation of his famous sf-book in 1971, a big fuss was caused in the United Kingdom.

Criminals were inspired by the main character from the film, a young man who together with a group of friends, revels in violence and rape. Because of the controversy took Kubrick A Clockwork Orange from British cinemas.

Burgess describes The Clockwork Condition as an “important philosophical statement about the current state of humanity”. Andrew Biswell, director of the Burgess Foundation, calls the discovery “very exciting”.

“It is partly a philosophical reflection, and partly an autobiography. The Clockwork Condition provides a context for the most famous work of Burgess and reinforced his views on crime, punishment and the possible corrupting effects of visual culture.”

The manuscript of two hundred pages remained after the death of Burgess in 1993, in his home. The full archive was later moved to the Burgess Foundation in Manchester.

Also, forty previously unpublished short stories found. “The best of them are very very good,” says Biswell.


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