The novel was first published by the Olympia Press in The Olympia Naked Lunch was also issued with a bright purple and white dust jacket, which survives in this copy. Burroughs influenced a new generation of science fiction writers in the s, including the British novelist J G Ballard. Except as otherwise permitted by your national copyright laws this material may not be copied or distributed further.
William Burroughs. Naked Lunch
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This extraordinary novel is a comic apocalypse, a roller-coaster ride through hell, a safari to the strangest people of the strangest planet, ourselves. It is said of literary masterpieces that their genius is stamped into every line, and this is nowhere so true as it is of Naked Lunch. From its opening words we are aware that a unique world — comic, paranoid, visionary, delirious — is being revealed to us. Bizarre and nightmarish scenes flash by, like glimpses of some exotic and decadent city. Only later do we realise that this strange city is the one we all inhabit in our waking lives. At first sight Naked Lunch is dominated by two closely linked themes, drugs and homosexuality, about which Burroughs is unsparingly frank. The landscape of subway dawns and cheap hotels, the numbing wait for the next fix, and the melancholy quest for an ever-elusive sexual happiness together describe the world through which Burroughs moved in the s, in New York, Mexico and Tangier.
Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs (Book Analysis): Detailed Summary, Analysis and Reading Guide
By Bright Summaries. A key figure of the Beat Generation literary movement, along with Allen Ginsberg American poet, and Jack Kerouac American writer, , Burroughs is renowned for his unflinchingly graphic prose addressing a range of topics considered taboo at that time, from his homosexuality to his experiences on the wrong side of the law, specifically in relation to drugs. Following a privileged upbringing in St. Louis, Missouri and studies in English and later anthropology at Harvard University, Burroughs fell into a life of drug addiction and crime, both of which feature amongst the central themes of his work.
See more about this book on Archive. Formed as a series of inter-connected adventures set in locations as diverse as the U. Burroughs once stated that the chapters can be read in any order. Previews available in: English.