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Naked Lunch : The Restored Text - William Burroughs

Naked Lunch

The Restored Text

Paperback

Published: 15th July 2010
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Say hello to Bradley the Buyer, the best narcotics agent in the business. Check yourself into the hospital where Dr Benway works - but don′t expect adrenalin if you need it (the night porter shot it up for kicks). Meet Dr ′Fingers′ Schafer, the Lobotomy Kid, and his greatest creation, ′The Complete American De-anxietized Man′, a marvel of invasive psychiatry who has been reduced to nothing but a spinal cord.

Told by an Ivy League-educated narcotics addict, ′Naked Lunch′ juxtaposes two journeys: the narrator′s physical progress from America to North Africa, via Mexico, and a terrifying descent into his own altered consciousness. In this ′Interzone′, loosely based on Burroughs′ temporary home of Tangier, sex, drugs and murder are the most basic of commodities, and the basest desires have become completely banal.

Provocative, influential, morbidly fascinating and mordantly funny, ′Naked Lunch′ takes us on an exhilarating ride through the darkest recesses of the human psyche - a ride which stunned the literary world when first published in the 1950s, and is still guaranteed to shock.

This edition uses the definitive, restored text, compiled by Burroughs scholar Barry Miles and Burroughs′ longtime editor James Grauerholz. It incorporates all of Burroughs′ notes and accompanying essays, as well as recently discovered alternate drafts from the original manuscript and letters from Burroughs′ private correspondence.

'Not a novel but a booty brought back from nightmare, a coldly implacable look at the dark side of our nature.' New York Times 'A roller-coaster ride through hell, a safari to the strangest people of the strangest planet - ourselves...sit back and gorge yourself on this feast of a novel.' J. G. Ballard 'A delirious exploration of sexual violence through the art of collage.' Time Out 'Prophesied with unerring accuracy the hideous modes that human behaviour would assume in the post-apocalyptic second half of the twentieth century. "Naked Lunch" is essential reading for anyone who maintains any illusions about anything.' Will Self Praise for William Burroughs: 'Burroughs is the greatest satirical writer since Jonathan Swift.' Jack Kerouac 'Burroughs' voice is hard, derisive, inventive, free, funny, serious, poetic, indelibly American, a voice in which one hears transistor radios and old movies and all the cliches and all the cons and all the newspapers, all the peculiar optimism, all the failure.' Joan Didion 'The only American novelist who may conceivably be possessed by genius.' Norman Mailer 'In the English language, William Burroughs is the greatest writer alive. His imagination has tackled head-on the post-war world, with its huge bureaucracies and sinister complexes. He has a paranoid vision, but as he himself said: the psychotic is someone who knows what's really going on.' J. G. Ballard, Sunday Times 'William Burroughs broadened people's conception of what makes humanity. In that way, he really was an American hero, a hero writer, and also just a great man.' Lou Reed

ISBN: 9780007341900
ISBN-10: 0007341903
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 15th July 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Dimensions (cm): 12.9 x 19.7  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.23