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The Soft Machine - William Burroughs


Published: 29th April 2010
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The first novel in William Burroughs' anarchic Cut-Up Trilogy.

A world populated by hanged soldiers, North African street urchins, addicted narcotics agents, Spanish rent boys, evil doctors, corrupt judges and monsters from the mythology of history or the laboratories of science - Burroughs was truly the Hieronymus Bosch of the twentieth century.

In this surreal, savage and brilliantly funny novel, his famous 'cut-up' technique, the slicing and random folding in of words, transforms the narrative into an extraordinary, unequalled new form of prose poetry, taking us deeper into the dark recesses of Burroughs' imagination.

About the Author

William Burroughs was born in St Louis, Missouri in 1914. Immensely influential among the Beat writers of the 1950s - notably Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg - he already had an underground reputation before the appearance of his first important book, Naked Lunch<>. Originally published by the daring and influential Olympia Press in France in 1959, it aroused great controversy on publication and was not available in the US until 1962 and in the UK until 1964. The book was adapted for film by David Cronenberg in 1991. William Burroughs died in 1997.


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Caution - Gibberish ahead


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Weird, subversive, occasionally funny, and all in all too opaque for any but the most determined, or lit students

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ISBN: 9780007341917
ISBN-10: 0007341911
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 29th April 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 12.8 x 19.7  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.108