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The Place of Dead Roads - William Burroughs

The Place of Dead Roads


Published: 31st August 2010
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Burroughs' classic, surreal reworking of the myth of the Old West.

William Burroughs' surreal fable set in America's Old West features a cast of notorious characters : The Crying Gun, who breaks into tears at the sight of his opponent; The Priest, who goes into gunfights giving his adversaries the last rites; and The Nihilistic Kid himself, Kim Carson, who, with a succession of beautiful sidekicks, sets out to challenge the morality of small-town America.

With a narrative of fantastical proportions and a rich, dry, growling humour, The Place of Dead Roads continues Burroughs' exploration of society's controlling forces the State, the Church, women, literature, drugs ' with a style utterly unique in 20th century literature.

About the Author

William Burroughs was born in St Louis, Missouri in 1914. A Harvard drop-out, Burroughs lived in Mexico, Tangier and the UK, and was a heroin addict for many years. 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 (the original publishers of Henry Miller) 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.

'It's a comedy and a nightmare of Bosch-like visions, extraordinarily precise vivid visualisations, outrageous ideas like mind bombs.' Allen Ginsberg '"The Place of Dead Roads" is Burroughs at his very best, with the same remarkable ear for dialogue and effortless originality.' Guardian 'The most radical innovator in fiction since Joyce.' Angela Carter 'Burroughs 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

ISBN: 9780007341931
ISBN-10: 0007341938
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 31st August 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.700 x 13.000  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.192