Nova Express

Nova Express

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by William S. Burroughs
     
 

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The Soft Machine introduced us to the conditions of a universe where endemic lusts of the mind and body pray upon men, hook them, and turn them into beasts. Nova Express takes William S. Burroughs’s nightmarish futuristic tale one step further. The diabolical Nova Criminals—Sammy The Butcher, Green Tony, Iron Claws, The Brown Artist, Jacky Blue Note, Izzy

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The Soft Machine introduced us to the conditions of a universe where endemic lusts of the mind and body pray upon men, hook them, and turn them into beasts. Nova Express takes William S. Burroughs’s nightmarish futuristic tale one step further. The diabolical Nova Criminals—Sammy The Butcher, Green Tony, Iron Claws, The Brown Artist, Jacky Blue Note, Izzy The Push, to name only a few—have gained control and plan on wreaking untold destruction. It’s up to Inspector Lee of the Nova Police to attack and dismantle the word and imagery machine of these “control addicts” before it’s too late. This surrealist novel is part sci-fi, part Swiftian parody, and always pure Burroughs.

Editorial Reviews

Harpers
Hypnotic; I wish I could quote, but it takes several pages to get high on the stuff....Funny...outrageous along the lines of Burrough's well-established scatology. He can think of the wildest parodies of erotic exuberance and invent the weirdest places for demonstrating them.
Chicago Sun-Times
Burroughs writes with a beauty and efficiency unmatched by any living writer.
Newsweek
Naked Lunch was a wild collage of every conceivable cathartic. Nova Express is more of the same....[It] is a sermon-blast of language....[Burroughs] is the Martin Luther of hipsterism, welding his decree onto the silicon doors of the solar system.
Book Week
His attunement to contemporary language is probably unequalled in American writing.
From the Publisher
“A sermon blast of language. . . . Burroughs is the Martin Luther of hipsterism, welding his decree on the silicon doors of the solar system.”—Newsweek

“Hypnotic . . . outrageous. [Burroughs] can think of the wildest parodies of erotic exuberance and invent the weirdest places for demonstrating them.” —Harper’s

“Burroughs is first and foremost a poet. His attunement to contemporary language is probably unequalled in American writing. Anyone with a feeling for English phrase at its most balanced, concise, and arresting, cannot fail to see this excellence.”—Terry Southern

“Burroughs writes with a beauty and efficiency unmatched by any living writer.”—Chicago Sun-Times

“Macabre, funny, reverberant, grotesque.”—The New York Review of Books

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802197221
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
02/24/2011
Series:
Burroughs, William S.
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
519,135
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author


William S. Burroughs (1914-1997) was the author of numerous novels, including Junky, Queer Naked Lunch, Nova Express, The Ticket That Exploded, The Soft Machine, and The Wild Boys. He is considered one of the twentieth century's most radical, innovative, and influential writers, and a founding member of the Beat Generation.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 4, 1914
Date of Death:
August 2, 1997
Place of Birth:
St. Louis, Missouri
Place of Death:
Lawrence, Kansas
Education:
Los Alamos Ranch School; A.B., Harvard University, 1936; graduate study, 1938

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Nova Express 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was recently listed that a 'restored' version of Naked Lunch will be issued in August from the executor of his estate, with new names as 'editors'. Seems like that in the 40 printings or so of Naked Lunch during Burroughs lifetime, he would have 'restored' it. Amazing marketing technique--take a classic, change the introduction, hire someone to 'edit' a few things--gets your name on a product as 'editor'. Let's hope that the 'edited' On the Road or Howl doesn't follow. Perhaps the owners of those classics have the taste to keep their names from the covers. Remember, Kerouac and Ginsberg edited Naked Lunch. Even they were not on the cover during Burroughs lifetime. Be ready to read both again--but that's the sales plan. Marketing the Beats...