Before his 1959 breakthrough, Naked Lunch, an unknown William S. Burroughs wrote Junk, his first book, a candid, eyewitness account of times and places that are now long gone. This book brings them vividly to life again; it is an unvarnished field report from the American postwar underground. For... show more
Before his 1959 breakthrough, Naked Lunch, an unknown William S. Burroughs wrote Junk, his first book, a candid, eyewitness account of times and places that are now long gone. This book brings them vividly to life again; it is an unvarnished field report from the American postwar underground. For this definitive 50th-anniversary edition, eminent Burroughs scholar Oliver Harris has painstakingly re-created the author's original text, word by word, from archival typescripts. Here for the first time are Burroughs's own unpublished Introduction and an entire omitted chapter, along with many "lost" passages and auxiliary texts by Allen Ginsberg and others. Harris's comprehensive Introduction reveals the composition history of Junk's text and places its contents against a lively historical background.
Publish date: April 1st 2003
Pages no: 166
Edition language: English
Synopsis: 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 a...
The best, and most truthful historical record of drug-use during the '40s. Burroughs is very truthful and stays very unbiased, telling of the ups and downs of everything, including Heroin. This may piss-off some one-sided people who are either very for- or against certain things. Burroughs tells it ...
When I first bought this book I thought it was written by the same guy that wrote Tarzan (yes they have the same last name, but that is about it). It turns out that it wasn't, and Burroughs was not a fiction writer, but rather, as the introduction to the version that I read, the father of the beat g...
Burroughs strings together a series of fascinating character studies through a loose, inebriated kind fo structure - more traditional perhaps than his later work - but still a very unstory-like story. This does suit the narrative focus point for the novel, but it is also rather alienating. Burroughs...
This my favorite kind of Burroughs writing--edgy, raw, lyrical, honest, and experimental without going into Naked Lunch territory.