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Publisher Description

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.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2012
October 2
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
256
Pages
PUBLISHER
Grove Atlantic
SELLER
Perseus Books, LLC
SIZE
2.7
MB

Customer Reviews

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Junky

A 1st person contemporary turned retrospective look into the underground world of narcotic usage. The brilliance is found in the stylistic writing (now famously) and perspective of a depraved intellectual. The path to being a junky suggests that "it could happen to anyone", and while doubtfully the intent of the book, exemplifies the slippery slope we all find ourselves on with the little, seemingly trivial, choices we make daily in our lives.

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