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The Stray Bullet: William S. Burroughs in Mexico Paperback – October 1, 2013
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I liked Mexico City from the first day of my visit there. In 1949, it was a cheap place to live, with a large foreign colony, fabulous whorehouses and restaurants, cockfights and bullfights, and every conceivable diversion.
—from William S. Burroughs, Queer
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In 1990, Jorge García-Robles, professor of literature, traveled from Mexico to meet and interview William S. Burroughs in Lawrence, Kansas. Much of the information presented in The Stray Bullet was gleaned from Garcia-Robles' interviews with Burroughs and those who knew him in Mexico City; extensive research on the Beats' lives in Mexico filled in the blanks.
Burroughs contributed a written portrait of his Mexican lawyer, Bernabé Jurado for this book, and also supplied previously-unpublished letters written by him while living in Mexico.
García-Robles begins by painting Burroughs' history in broad strokes. The genesis of what would later be dubbed the Beat Generation is clearly explained, introducing us to the various players and untangling their often labyrinthine relationships.
The author deftly takes the reader through Burroughs' life leading up to his exile in Mexico, an attempt to avoid jail time in the United States. It was an exile which which would be life-changing, ending with his his wife's accidental death in a tragic game of "William Tell." It's an event which is described here in detail, along with its aftermath.
It was also in Mexico City that Burroughs began his novel Junky, which kicked off his writing career.Read more ›
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