Non-commercial recording of an interview with Burgess by Sören G. Lindgren for the Swedish Newsbureau, held at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm, in which he discusses topics including "The Kingdom of the Wicked", "Moses", Christianity, mythology, music, memory, evolution, and politics.

Scope and Content

SIDE 1: 0:00-03:03, The recording starts mid-conversation about the Bible and Emperor Nero, with reference to “Kingdom of the Wicked”. Burgess examines the connections between film-making and literary and musical composition, referring to the making of “Moses”, Arnold Schoenberg, Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven.

06:58-08:59, Talk turns to myths. Burgess references “Moses”, and his time in Malaysia.

09:18-14:51, Burgess, Lindgren and Liana discuss religion, Celtic mythology, and ancient civilisations. Burgess cites the Asterix comic books (16:00-19:26).

19:27-26:32, Lindgren and Burgess discuss DNA, scientific theories of evolution, and the place of the soul. Burgess recalls meeting the physicist Francis Crick in Washington, and reading J.W. Dunne’s “An Experiment with Time”.

26:23-28:42; 29:40-30:47: Burgess speaks about his own political views and Margaret Thatcher.

SIDE 2: 00:08-02:47, Burgess discusses his family’s musical background, Catholic upbringing, and himself as a musician.

02:48-04:47, Burgess queries accidental omissions in the Swedish translation of “The Kingdom of the Wicked”.

04:48-15:36, Burgess, Lindgren and (from 12:33) Liana discuss mythology, paganism and smells. Burgess refers to Marcel Proust’s “In Search of Lost Time”, and Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” (13:44-15:36).

15:37-20:46, Burgess, Liana and Lindgren discuss problems with publication proofs and Burgess’ computer use.

20:47-26:00, Discussion turns to Stanley Kubrick’s films including “A Clockwork Orange”, “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “Dr. Strangelove”.

26:01-31:37, A partial recording of a later question and answer session. The questions are not clearly audible. Burgess refers to the Church and “The Kingdom of the Wicked”.

Access Information


This recording has been digitised and is accessible to researchers in mp3 format.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Background noise from the hotel restaurant is intermittently audible throughout the recording, which makes the interviewer's questions slightly less audible. A partial recording of a question and answer session concludes the recording, but the questions are not clearly audible.