Junky (Penguin Modern Classics)

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'Junk is not, like alcohol or a weed, a means to increased enjoyment of life. Junk is not a kick. It is a way of life.' In this complete and unexpurgated edtion of Burroughs' famous book, he depicts the addict's life: his hallucinations, his ghostly noctural wanderings, his strange sexuality and his hunger for the needle. JUNKY remains one of the most accurate and mesmerising account of addiction ever written.

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Praise for William Burroughs

"Burroughs voice is hard, derisive, inventive, free, funny, serious, poetic, indelibly American."--Joan Didion

"A creator of grim fairy tales for adults, Burroughs spoke to our nightmare fears and, still worse, to our nightmare longings. . . . And more than any other postwar wordsmith, he bridged generations; popularity in the youth culture is greater now than during the heady days of the Beats."--Douglas Brinkley, The Los Angeles Times Book Review

"The most important writer to emerge since World War II. . . . For his sheer visionary power, and for his humor, I admire Burroughs more than any living writer, and most of those who are dead."--J.G. Ballard

"William was a Shootist. He shot like he wrote--with extreme precision and no fear."--Hunter S. Thompson

"A book of great beauty . . . . Burroughs is the only American novelist living today who may conceivably be possessed by genius."--Norman Mailer on Naked Lunch

"Burroughs seems to revel in a new medium . . . a medium totally fantastic, spaceless, timeless, in which the normal sentence is fractured, the cosmic tries to push its way through the bawdry, and the author shakes the reader as a dog shakes a rat."--Anthony Burgess on The Ticket That Exploded

"Of all the Beat Generation writers, William S. Burroughs was the most dangerous. . . . He was anarchy's double agent, an implacable enemy of conformity and of all agencies of control-from government to opiates."--Rolling Stone

"In Burroughs' hands, writing reverts to acts of magic, as though he were making some enormous infernal encyclopedia of all the black impulses and acts that, once made, would shut the fiends away forever." --The New York Times on The Wild Boys
"Reads today as fresh and unvarnished as it ever has."-Will Self on "Junky"
Of all the Beat Generation writers, William S. Burroughs was the most dangerous. . . . He was anarchy s double agent, an implacable enemy of conformity and of all agencies of control-from government to opiates. "Rolling Stone"
The most important writer to emerge since World War II. . . . For his sheer visionary power, and for his humor, I admire Burroughs more than any living writer, and most of those who are dead. J.G. Ballard
William was a Shootist. He shot like he wrotewith extreme precision and no fear. Hunter S. Thompson
A book of great beauty . . . . Burroughs is the only American novelist living today who may conceivably be possessed by genius. Norman Mailer
Ever since "Naked Lunch" . . . Burroughs has been ordained America s most incendiary artist. "Los Angeles Times"
Burroughs voice is hard, derisive, inventive, free, funny, serious, poetic, indelibly American. Joan Didion
In 1953, at the height of American conformism and anti-communist hysteria, William S. Burroughs published "Junky," an irresistible strung-out ode to the joys and perversities of drug addiction. . . . "Junky" eschews allegory for scrupulous realism. . . . More than anything else, "Junky" reads like a field guide to the American underworld. "The Daily Beast"
Retro-cool, like something Don Draper might find in the Greenwich Village pad of that reefer-smoking painter he was seeing in the first season of Mad Men. "Las Vegas Weekly" on "Naked Lunch"
A creator of grim fairy tales for adults, Burroughs spoke to our nightmare fears and, still worse, to our nightmare longings. . . . And more than any other postwar wordsmith, he bridged generations; popularity in the youth culture is greater now than during the heady days of the Beats. "The Los Angeles Times Book Review"
Burroughs seems to revel in a new medium . . . a medium totally fantastic, spaceless, timeless, in which the normal sentence is fractured, the cosmic tries to push its way through the bawdry, and the author shakes the reader as a dog shakes a rat. Anthony Burgess on "The Ticket That Exploded"
In Burroughs hands, writing reverts to acts of magic, as though he were making some enormous infernal encyclopedia of all the black impulses and acts that, once made, would shut the fiends away forever. "The New York Times" on "The Ticket That Exploded"
Macabre, funny, reverberant, grotesque. "The New York Review of Books" on "Nova Express"
Hypnotic; I wish I could quote, but it takes several pages to get high on this stuff. . . . Funny . . . outrageous along the lines of Burroughs s well-established scatology. He can think of the wildest parodies of erotic exuberance and invent the weirdest places for demonstrating them. "Harper s Magazine" on "Nova Express"
One of the most interesting pieces of radical fiction we have. "The Nation" on "The Soft Machine"
In Burroughs hands, writing reverts to acts of magic, as though he were making some enormous infernal encyclopedia of all the black impulses and acts that, once made, would shut the fiends away forever. "The New York Times" on "The Wild Boys""

About the Author:

WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS (1914-97) was one of the 20th century's greatest and strangest American writers. His major works include NAKED LUNCH, EXTERMINATOR!, QUEER, THE SOFT MACHINE and CITIES OF THE RED NIGHT.

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