A Clockwork Orange is a novel by Anthony Burgess, published in 1962. It tells the story of Alex, a young man who is violent and delinquent, and the state's attempt to "cure" him of his violent tendencies through a controversial new treatment. The novel is set in a dystopian future and explores themes of free will, morality, and the relationship between the individual and the state.
The novel is known for its unique style, which includes invented words and a shifting narrative perspective. It is also notable for its depiction of violence and its exploration of the nature of evil. A Clockwork Orange has been widely read and has had a lasting impact on popular culture. It was adapted into a successful film in 1971, directed by Stanley Kubrick.