Napoleon Symphony (Epub)


A new edition of Burgess' long unavailable, ambitious, experimental novel about Napoleon Bonaparte

SKU: 9781847658913


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.