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Junky - William S. Burroughs, Oliver Harris, Allen Ginsberg
Junky
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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 Here for the first time are Burroughs's own unpublished Introduction and an entire omitted chapter, along with many "lost" passages and auxiliary texts by Allen Ginsberg and others.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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780142003169 (0142003166)
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 166
Edition language: English
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Cody's Bookshelf
Cody's Bookshelf rated it
3.5 JUNKY Review
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...
Misericordia
Misericordia rated it
4.0 Junky
Читала на русском. Дальше спойлеры:Можно конечно спросить: «А почему вы вообще пробовали наркотики? Почему вы продолжали употреблять их достаточно долго для того, чтобы стать наркоманом?» К наркотикам привыкаешь, потому что в других сферах деятельности нет особо сильных желаний, привязок, стимулов, ...
everettpantaloons
everettpantaloons rated it
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 ...
Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd
Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd rated it
4.5 The life of a heroin addict
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...
A Cruel Man Delighting in Flowers
A Cruel Man Delighting in Flowers rated it
4.0
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...
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