Devil of a State
Although Burgess had already established his literary credentials with the publication of the Malayan Trilogy, this book, written in 1958, was not published until three years later. One of the reasons was because the book, inspired by his experiences in Brunei, was potentially libellous. The book was therefore set in a fictitious African state of Naraka, interpreted as the Malay word for 'hell', and much of the drama centres on the construction of a grandiose mosque by an Italian architect. The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque was in the process of construction by an Italian architect when Burgess was in Brunei. As Burgess said later, "little invention' was needed to create this work. Good Hardback in a Good Dust Jacket. First Edition. 282 pages.
Weight: 0.6 kg Post free within Malaysia
Published by Heinemann, London, 1961
Condition: The dust jacket, which is frayed around the edges, has darkened with age and has a slit at the front. The text block has heavy spotting. The binding is tight, text clear and there is mild tanning with occasional light spotting throughout.