Books: Dividing Gall into Three Parts

THE END OF THE WORLD NEWS by Anthony Burgess McGraw-Hill; 389 pages; $15.95

Anthony Burgess, 66, has gone out on some strong limbs to avoid repeating himself. Earthly Powers (1980), for instance, presented an aging homosexual writer trying to secure canonization for his friend, a deceased Pope. In his 26th novel and most bizarre work since A Clockwork Orange (1962), the author raises the stakes in his gamble for freshness. The End of the World News offers a trio of plots linked by irony and caustic satire.

Burgess describes this fiction as...

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