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Junky : Penguin Modern Classics - William S. Burroughs

Junky

Penguin Modern Classics

By: William S. Burroughs, Oliver Harris (Introduction by)

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Published: 6th November 2008
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Burroughs' first novel, a largely autobiographical account of the constant cycle of drug dependency, cures and relapses, remains the most unflinching, unsentimental account of addiction ever written.

Through junk neighbourhoods in New York, New Orleans and Mexico City, through time spent kicking, time spent dealing and time rolling drunks for money, through junk sickness and a sanatorium, Junky is a field report (by a writer trained in anthropology at Harvard) from the American post-war drug underground.

A cult classic, it has influenced generations of writers with its raw, sparse and unapologetic tone. This definitive edition painstakingly recreates the author's original text word for word.

About the Author

William S. Burroughs was born on February 5, 1914 in St Louis. In work and in life Burroughs expressed a lifelong subversion of the morality, politics and economics of modern America. To escape those conditions, and in particular his treatment as a homosexual and a drug-user, Burroughs left his homeland in 1950, and soon after began writing. By the time of his death he was widely recognised as one of the most politically trenchant, culturally influential, and innovative artists of the twentieth century. His numerous books include Naked Lunch, Junky, Queer, Nova Express, Interzone, The Wild Boys, The Ticket That Exploded and The Soft Machine. After living in Mexico City, Tangier, Paris, and London, Burroughs finally returned to America in 1974. He died in 1997.

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  • Engaging Characters

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  • Difficult To Follow
  • Not What I expected

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  • Travel Reading

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I found it hard to follow, in some areas it lost me completely

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beatnik classic

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    hard to follow this classic of the beatnik writers, the main character seemed to skip parts of the story that didn't blend in with the story

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    ISBN: 9780141189826
    ISBN-10: 0141189827
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 166
    Published: 6th November 2008
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 19.3 x 12.8  x 1.4
    Weight (kg): 0.161
    Edition Number: 1