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Napoleon Symphony by Anthony Burgess

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Bad breath and genius … Structured around Beethoven's Eroica, which the composer originally dedicated to Napoleon, believing him to embody the virtues of the French Revolution, Burgess's "misunderstood" 1974 novel in four parts covering Napoleon's early victories, rise to first consul and coronation, empire and fall is obviously an experiment. In what is never quite explained.