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Burgess on patronage

Extract from his introduction to the catalogue for the 1984 Royal Academy of Arts exhibition Modern Masters from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection.


screen-shot-2016-11-26-at-18-39-08Burgess on free will, inhibitions, Dickens, religion, silent cinema, Bacchus, shortages, art, filiality, being a novelist, Hell, growing up in Manchester, the god of the groin, Dionysus, the Catholic sensibility, the films of Charlie Chaplin, pubs in the old days, the piano, prophecy, the demonic, exile, confession, the films of Stanley Kubrick, unbelief, drunkenness, England, fornication, the Jesuits, Fritz Lang, words, death, the future, the miniskirt, God, rain, the Alps, music, the Rabelaisian world.