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Why has this homosexual ex-junkie, whose claim to fame rests entirely on one book--the hallucinogenic ravings of a heroin addict--so seized the collective imagination? Burroughs wrote Naked Lunch in a Tangier, Morocco, hotel room between 1954 and 1957. Allen Ginsberg and his beatnik cronies burst onto the scene, rescued the manuscript from the food-encrusted floor, and introduced some order to the pages. It was published in Paris in 1959 by the notorious Olympia Press and in the U.S. in 1962; the landmark obscenity trial that ensued served to end literary censorship in America.
Burroughs's literary experiment--the much-touted "cut-up" technique--mirrored the workings of a junkie's brain. But it was junk coupled with vision: Burroughs makes teeming amalgam of allegory, sci-fi, and non-linear narration, all wrapped in a blend of humor--slapstick, Swiftian, slang-infested humor. What is Naked Lunch about? People turn into blobs amidst the sort of evil that R. Crumb, in the decades to come, would inimitably flesh out with his dark and creepy cartoon images. Perhaps the most easily grasped part of Naked Lunch is its America-bashing, replete with slang and vitriol. Read it and see for yourself. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I think that all I had heard about the author was out dated or something I hated the book stopped reading it what a waist of money wish I could sell itPublished 5 days ago by howard k hall
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Exterminate all rational thought. Nothing is sacred...everything is permitted. A shocking and depraved tale of addictions( legal and illicit ), lust and violence. Read morePublished 19 days ago by chris
This is pure imagination scribbled to paper live. So, mostly rubbish, but also a few glimmers of comedic genius and some plausible social and medical pseudoscience. Read morePublished 2 months ago by JJ Dyn O Mite!
have a weakness for difficult books. Whenever I read a list of the most difficult books in the English language I have a burning desire to conquer all of them. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Zach