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EVE OF ST VENUS
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Composer, screenwriter, librettist, poet, playwright, journalist, essayist, travel writer, translator and critic, Anthony Burgess is best known for 'A Clockwork Orange'. 'Why can't a goddess of love be a tangible aspect of the terrible, unknowable deity?... I don't see why she shouldn't be canonised, now I come to think of it. St Venus.' Ambrose and Diana are to be married tomorrow. However, Diana is having last-minute doubts fuelled by her feminist friend and bridesmaid Julia, while Ambrose inadvertently becomes engaged to the statue of the goddess Venus, who has taken possession of the wedding ring. These obstacles present the first in a farcical series of challenges - not only to the impending wedding, but also to the dearly held preconceptions of Ambrose, Diana and their wedding guests. The novella is presented alongside the similarly themed 'The Venus of Ille' by Prosper Mérimée, delightful fantasies and riotous commentaries that ultimately are a celebration of love and marriage. 122pp in paperback with biographical note.

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