Not without honour, except in his own country

In England they were not very enthusiastic about Anthony Burgess. He was deeply distrusted by the Hampstead-and-Islington-dwelling literary establishment.

It was different on the Continent. Burgess received the French Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres distinction and became a Monégasque Commandeur du Mérite Culturel. He received the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger (1981, for Les Puissance des Ténèbres) and the Premio Branca for the best foreign writer (1982, for Due Storie di Venere, which was The Eve of Saint Venus and Abba Abba in one volume). He also picked up the Scanno (1981) and the Malaparte (1983).

It is stated on the dust-jacket (below) of the 1985 Heinemann edition of Flame Into Being: The Life and Work of D.H. Lawrence that Burgess received the Bancarella, but if you look down the list of winners you will find that this was not so. Possibly a Burgess book was one of six in the Premio Selezione Bancarella for the year in question, but he did not win the prize.

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