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Junky: The Definitive Text of "junk"

The Definitive Text of "Junk"

"Junk is not, like alcohol or a weed, a means to increased enjoyment of life. Junk is not a kick. It is a way of life."
In his debut novel, "Junky," Burroughs fictionalized his experiences using and peddling heroin and other drugs in the 1950s into a work that reads like a field report from the underworld of post-war America. The Burroughs-like protagonist of the novel, Bill Lee, see-saws between periods of addiction and rehab, using a panoply of substances including heroin, cocaine, marijuana, paregoric (a weak tincture of opium) and goof balls (barbiturate), amongst others. For this definitive edition, renowned Burroughs scholar Oliver Harris has gone back to archival typescripts to re-created the author's original text word by word. From the tenements of New York to the queer bars of New Orleans, "Junky" takes the reader into a world at once long-forgotten and still with us today. Burroughs's first novel is a cult classic and a critical part of his oeuvre.

William S. Burroughs (1914-97) studierte englische Literatur, Ethnologie, Archäologie und Medizin in Harvard und Wien. Arbeitete in den USA zeitweise als Privatdetektiv, Kammerjäger, Farmer und Reporter, und verfiel dem Rauschgift. Reisen nach Europa und Südamerika, lange Aufenthalte in Tanger. 1974 zieht er nach New York, 1982 nach Lawrence, Kansas. Für sein Gesamtwerk wurde Burroughs 1975 mit dem 'Literature Award des National Institute of Arts and Letters' geehrt.
"Reads today as fresh and unvarnished as it ever has."-Will Self on "Junky" "Of all the Beat Generation writers, William S. Burroughs was the most dangerous. . . . He was anarchy's double agent, an implacable enemy of conformity and of all agencies of control-from government to opiates."--"Rolling Stone" "The most important writer to emerge since World War II. . . . For his sheer visionary power, and for his humor, I admire Burroughs more than any living writer, and most of those who are dead."--J.G. Ballard "William was a Shootist. He shot like he wrote--with extreme precision and no fear."--Hunter S. Thompson "A book of great beauty . . . . Burroughs is the only American novelist living today who may conceivably be possessed by genius." --Norman Mailer "Ever since "Naked Lunch" . . . Burroughs has been ordained America's most incendiary artist."--"Los Angeles Times" "Burroughs voice is hard, derisive, inventive, free, funny, serious, poetic, indelibly American."--Joan Didion "In 1953, at the height of American conformism and anti-communist hysteria, William S. Burroughs published "Junky," an irresistible strung-out ode to the joys and perversities of drug addiction. . . . "Junky" eschews allegory for scrupulous realism. . . . More than anything else, "Junky" reads like a field guide to the American underworld."--"The Daily Beast" "Retro-cool, like something Don Draper might find in the Greenwich Village pad of that reefer-smoking painter he was seeing in the first season of Mad Men."--"Las Vegas Weekly" on "Naked Lunch" "A creator of grim fairy tales for adults, Burroughs spoke to our nightmare fears and, still worse, to our nightmare longings. . . . And more than any other postwar wordsmith, he bridged generations; popularity in the youth culture is greater now than during the heady days of the Beats."--"The Los Angeles Times Book Review" "Burroughs seems to revel in a new medium . . . a medium
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 197
Erscheinungsdatum 13.11.2012
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-8021-2042-7
Verlag Grove/atlantic Inc
Maße (L/B/H) 20,8/13,7/1,8 cm
Gewicht 227 g
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