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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (November 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141189827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141189826
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ronald A. Martin on February 2, 2010
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Excellent book on the life of William S. Burroughs and his daily battle with addiction. The book pulls no punches in describing his accounts of getting and using drugs. I could not put this one down. If you are a person that suffers with addiction, you will enjoy the way Burroughs puts into words what junkies go through every day. I gained a whole new perspective on addiction after reading this one. I hope you enjoy it as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edmundo Acosta Heredia on September 30, 2009
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This is a classic, William Burroughs may be one of the first writers really to acount their real experience with drugs. A little bit of BEAT in his writings, recomended!
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By SarahStar on March 14, 2014
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I heard him mention this book in a conversation one time, so I bought it for him....He was very happy...I haven't read it....but it put a smile on his face :)
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By mel on March 2, 2013
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I have been wanting to read this for awhile. Loved the book,came in nice condition. For your reading pleasure the back includes a glossary of some of the terms you may be unaware of if you aren't as well versed in jive.
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By Jimmy Sage on February 19, 2013
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Junky was a very provocative text. It takes the reader back to 1940s and 50s erotica, that is almost cartoonish.
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By Evan Schlosberg on January 25, 2013
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I made it to page 77 and then spontaniously ran to the bathroom and made my self vomit. This is 100% true. You can tell how good a book about heroin addiction is by how many times it makes you want to get sick. I haven't had the stomach to pick it back up, but its only been about an hour since I had my head over the toilet.
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