Devil of a State

Scope and Content

This series contains a file of incomplete drafts of Part 1 of an Italian translation of the novel, titled Due Italiani e un Inglese in uno Stato D'Inferno, corrected by Liana Burgess.

Administrative / Biographical History

Devil of a State is a 1961 novel by Burgess. The construction of a new mosque in the fictional East African caliphate of Dunia is the backdrop to a tale of postcolonial conflict and marital unhappiness. Burgess draws on some of the characters and situations he witnessed while living in Brunei, although the story is heavily fictionalised. Selected by the Book Society as its novel of the month in 1961.

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