"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 his debut novel, "Junky," Burroughs fictionalized his experiences using and peddling heroin and other drugs in the 1950s into a work that reads like a field report from the underworld of post-war America. The Burroughs-like protagonist of the novel, Bill Lee, see-saws between periods of addiction and rehab, using a panoply of substances including heroin, cocaine, marijuana, paregoric (a weak tincture of opium) and goof balls (barbiturate), amongst others. For this definitive edition, renowned Burroughs scholar Oliver Harris has gone back to archival typescripts to re-created the author's original text word by word. From the tenements of New York to the queer bars of New Orleans, "Junky" takes the reader into a world at once long-forgotten and still with us today. Burroughs's first novel is a cult classic and a critical part of his oeuvre.
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One of the creative visionaries of the Beat movement recites the calculus by which heroin redefines the addict's world. Burroughs' quasi-autobiographical narrative makes for a raw, fragmented, and disturbing account of hallucinations, ghostly nocturnal wanderings, strange sexual encounters, and quests to ease the hunger for the needle. Read in the incantational tones fo Burroughs himself, this is the legendary account of one man's challenge to turn self-destruction into art.Product Description:
This quasi-autobiographical novel gives an account of hallucinations, ghostly nocturnal wanderings, sexual encounters and quests to ease the hunger for heroin.
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Book Description Penguin Books, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110142003166