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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Reading this collection of Burroughs' unpublished work from 1953 to 1958, "you are present at the beginning" of his career, as his editor gushes.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 on February 5, 1914 in St Louis. In work and in life Burroughs expressed a lifelong subversion of the morality, politics and economics of modern America. To escape those conditions, and in particular his treatment as a homosexual and a drug-user, Burroughs left his homeland in 1950, and soon after began writing. By the time of his death he was widely recognised as one of the most politically trenchant, culturally influential, and innovative artists of the twentieth century. His numerous books include Naked Lunch, Junky, Queer, Nova Express, Interzone, The Wild Boys, The Ticket That Exploded and The Soft Machine. After living in Mexico City, Tangier, Paris, and London, Burroughs finally returned to America in 1974. He died in 1997.

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