The End of the World News: An Entertainment

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First edition (Hutchinson & Co)

The End of the World News is a 1982 novel by British author Anthony Burgess.

Presented without chapter breaks, the plot weaves together three storylines. One follows Leon Trotsky on a journey to New York City shortly before the Russian Revolution of 1917. This story is written as the libretto of an Off-Broadway musical. A second tale covers the life and career of Sigmund Freud and includes portrayals of Havelock Ellis and Krafft-Ebing. The third part is set in the future, shortly before the impact of a rogue, extrasolar planet with the Earth. Because of the latter story line, it is considered a work of fantastic fiction.


Reviewing the book for The New York Times, Anatole Broyard concluded that "Mr. Burgess might have written a very good science-fiction novel if he had been more interested in entertaining the reader rather than himself."[1]


  1. ^ Broyard, Anatole (March 12, 1983). "Triple End of Innocence". Book of the Times. New York Times. Retrieved 15 June 2011.