Nova Express: The Restored Text

Nova Express: The Restored Text

by William S. Burroughs, Oliver Harris
     
 

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The most ferociously political and prophetic book of Burroughs's "cut-up" trilogy, Nova Express fires the reader into a textual outer space the better to see our burning planet and the operations of the Nova Mob in all their ugliness. As the new edition demonstrates, the shortest of the three books was cut by Burroughs from an extraordinary wealth of

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The most ferociously political and prophetic book of Burroughs's "cut-up" trilogy, Nova Express fires the reader into a textual outer space the better to see our burning planet and the operations of the Nova Mob in all their ugliness. As the new edition demonstrates, the shortest of the three books was cut by Burroughs from an extraordinary wealth of typescripts to create a visionary demand to take back the world that has been stolen from us. Edited from the original manuscripts by renowned Burroughs scholar Oliver Harris, this revised edition incorporates an introduction and appendices of never before seen materials.

Editorial Reviews

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“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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802122087
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
04/08/2014
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
416,213
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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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