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An iPad app for A Clockwork Orange points to an exciting future for fiction, even if it threatens the authority of the writer

By Leo Benedictus   November 2012

The poster for Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 film

A Clockwork Orange: 50th Anniversary Edition and iPad app

by Anthony Burgess (William Heinemann, £20)

Perhaps the most poignant kind of failure for a writer, among many strong contenders, is being remembered for the wrong book. It was a fate that Anthony Burgess felt coming. A Clockwork Orange was just “a jeu d’esprit knocked off for money in three weeks” he said, calling it “too didactic to be artistic.” Yet today the idea of Burgess as a major novelist is rarely even mentioned,…

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