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Penguin, 2009 - Short stories - 194 pages
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Interzoneshows the evolution of William Burroughs from the terse, fiercely confessional writer of Junky to the wild, brutal fantasist of Naked Lunch. In writings on severing the last joint of a little finger (as Burroughs did his own), on life in Tangiers, on legs found in a suitcase and a Christmas miracle for a junky, on a cruel futuristic city of rusted metal, on the abuses of drugs and of sex, from his very first attempt at fiction to the frenzied, obscene 'WORD', Burroughs finds his unmistakable, inimitable voice here. With an Introduction by James Grauerholz'Demonstrates the birth of a writer- the door cracking open, the eye flashing, risking its every breath to see.' San Francisco Chronicle'An essential text- the statement of a man writing for his life, a venting, a bloodletting.' Bloomsbury Review

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Reading this collection of Burroughs' unpublished work from 1953 to 1958, "you are present at the beginning" of his career, as his editor gushes. When finished, though, you're much less certain you ... Read full review

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A miscellany and as such, maybe not of interest to the passing reader. The variety of material is disconcerting-- from verbal sketch to travelogue to unmitigated logorrhea --but well worth the time of anyone who wants (or needs) to learn more about what Burroughs wanted (or needed) to achieve. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

William S. Burroughs was born in 1914. His first published novel was the largely autobiographical Junky, which remains a classic depiction of the constant cycle of drug dependency, cures and relapses he was victim to for most of his life. In 1951, in a drunken William Tell stunt, he accidentally shot and killed his common-law wife. He is most famous for his use of the 'cut-up' technique of writing and the novel Naked Lunch. His other major works included Queer, Exterminator!The 'Nova Trilogy' (The Soft Machine, Nova Expressand The Ticket That Exploded) and the 'Red Night Trilogy' (Cities of the Red Night, The Place of Dead Roadsand The Western Lands). He died in 1997.

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