Queer: A Novelby William S. Burroughs
For more than three decades, while its writer's world fame increased, Queer remained unpublished because of its forthright depiction of homosexual longings. Set in the corrupt and spectral Mexico City of the forties, Queer is the story of William Lee, a man afflicted with both acute heroin withdrawal and romantic and sexual yearnings for an/b>/b>… See more details below
For more than three decades, while its writer's world fame increased, Queer remained unpublished because of its forthright depiction of homosexual longings. Set in the corrupt and spectral Mexico City of the forties, Queer is the story of William Lee, a man afflicted with both acute heroin withdrawal and romantic and sexual yearnings for an indifferent user named Eugene Allerton. The narrative is punctuated by Lee's outrageous "routines" — brilliant comic monologues that foreshadow Naked Lunch —yet the atmosphere is heavy with foreboding.
In his extraordinary introduction, Burroughs reflects on the shattering events in his life that lay behind this work.
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- 5.05(w) x 7.71(h) x 0.41(d)
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Meet the Author
William S. Burroughs (1914-1997)—guru of the Beat Generation, controversial éminence grise of the international avant-garde, dark prophet, and blackest of black humor satirists—had a range of influence rivaled by few post-World War II writers. His many books include Naked Lunch, Queer, Exterminator!, The Cat Inside, The Western Lands, and Interzone.
- 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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I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a good risky book.
I found queer to be a dissapointment. I loved Junky, and it is one of my favorite books, but queer was a let down. It takes place after junky ends and we follow William Lee around with his fascination with Eugene Allerton and his trip to South America. But the story isn't that interesting. There is more of a plot here than there was in junky, but I found Lee's struggles with heroin much more fascinating than his obssession over the boring Allerton. queer is told from an outside narrator rather than from Lee's perspective, and as a result, the voice that helped make junky so great is missing. It just doesn't match with the standards Burroughs set when he wrote Junky. If you are a Beat scholar, then this is a book you should read (it is one of Burroughs important works) or if you study gay literature, then you should read this. If you're just looking for a good book, reread Junky. Perhaps the reason it took so long for it to get published has something to do with how bad the book it. It was a controversial topic at the time, but maybe if it had been better written, we would have seen it sooner.
Not as good as Junky or Naked Lunch, but still a fairly groundbreaking novel by one of our premiere queer writers. Surreal, in your face, that's burroughs.