William Burroughs

Junky

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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 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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254 printed pages
Original publication
2012
Publication year
2012
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    Hannehas quoted4 years ago
    Criminal law is one of the few professions where the client buys someone else’s luck. The luck of most people is strictly nontransferable.
    Hannehas quoted4 years ago
    You become a narcotics addict because you do not have strong motivations in any other direction. Junk wins by default.
    Ubilte Umerlagohas quoted5 years ago
    Junk and Burroughs go together, he’s the addict-artist of the twentieth century

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