Nova Expressby 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 CriminalsSammy The Butcher, Green Tony, Iron Claws, The Brown Artist, Jacky Blue Note, Izzy The Push, to name only a fewhave 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.
“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
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.
- Date of Birth:
- February 4, 1914
- Date of Death:
- August 2, 1997
- Place of Birth:
- St. Louis, Missouri
- Place of Death:
- Lawrence, Kansas
- Los Alamos Ranch School; A.B., Harvard University, 1936; graduate study, 1938
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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...