Tremor of Intent

Author(s): Anthony Burgess


This is a brilliantly funny spy novel from the author of "A Clockwork Orange", Anthony Burgess. Denis Hillier is an aging British agent on his last assignment. His old school friend Roper defected to the USSR long ago, to become one of the evil empire's great scientific minds. Hillier must persuade, or force, Roper to come back to England or risk losing his retirement fund. However, he hadn't foreseen the obstacles between him and his mark. Mr Theodorescu, a fellow passenger on board the ship to Hillier's target, and his companion Miss Devi, prove both irresistible and dangerous. This morality tale of a Secret Service gone mad features sex, gluttony, violence, treachery, and religion. "Tremor of Intent" is a rare combination of the deadly serious and the absurd, the lofty and the lusty.


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"'One of the cleverest and most original writers of his generation' (The Times) 'Tremor of Intent has more wit and comic invention than the books which it so boisterously ridicules... The talent is as unsettling as it is prodigious' (New Republic) 'A gleaming novel of ideas... brazenly clever. He is possessed by a black sense of humor... Burgess is nothing if not outrageous' (New York Times Book Review)"

Anthony Burgess (1917-1993) was a novelist, poet, playwright, composer, linguist, translator and critic. He is best known for his novel A Clockwork Orange, but altogether he wrote thirty-three novels, twenty-five works of non-fiction, two volumes of autobiography, three symphonies, more than 150 other musical works, reams of journalism and much more. He was born in Manchester, England and grew up in Harpurhey and Moss Side, went to school in Rusholme, and studied at Manchester University. He lived in Malaya, Malta, Monaco, Italy and the US amongst other places, and is still widely read all over the world.

General Fields

  • : 9781846689208
  • : Profile Books Ltd
  • : Serpent's Tail
  • : January 2013
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : April 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Anthony Burgess
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 823.914
  • : 240