Queer

Queer

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by William S. Burroughs
     
 

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Queer, obra temprana de William S. Burroughs, es al mismo tiempo un descarnado autorretrato narrativo, una historia de amor brutalmente realista, una grotesca fantasía tragicómica, y una ingeniosa novela política. Un libro que proporciona muchas claves fundamentales para adentrarse en el arrollador universo literario del autor. La novela…  See more details below

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Queer, obra temprana de William S. Burroughs, es al mismo tiempo un descarnado autorretrato narrativo, una historia de amor brutalmente realista, una grotesca fantasía tragicómica, y una ingeniosa novela política. Un libro que proporciona muchas claves fundamentales para adentrarse en el arrollador universo literario del autor. La novela está ambientada en un inmenso suburbio, que Burroughs definiría más tarde como la «Interzona», y que abarca desde la Ciudad de México, capital mundial del delito, hasta Panamá. Un álter ego del escritor, Lee, teje su tela amorosa en torno a Allerton, un joven ambiguo, indiferente como un animal. Deambula por locales cada vez más sórdidos, en los que pulula una fauna en estado de descomposición, y en esas excursiones, como un pícaro alienado, nos regala astillas radiactivas de su negrísimo humor. Para resolver sus obsesiones mortíferas y sexuales, Lee parte con su amigo a la búsqueda de la ayahuasca, droga absoluta capaz de otorgar el control total sobre los cerebros, y por eso mismo codiciada por Rusia y Estados Unidos... y por todo adicto. Dispuesto a abismarse en todos los peligros, como un santo o un criminal con orden de búsqueda y captura, Lee no tiene nada que perder.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In an introduction, Burroughs observes that he wrote this heretofore unpublished picaresque novel in 1951, well before Naked Lunch established his reputation. He reveals that the book had its genesis in a terrible event: his accidental shooting to death of his wife, Joan, a tragedy that released the black wellsprings of his talent. The narrative recounts the hallucinatory life of William Lee, an American in Mexico City in the 1940s and his journey to Ecuador with his reluctant lover, Eugene Allerton, in search of the drug Yage. Lee is Burroughs after the killing, weighed down by guilt, drugs, lust and despair; seeking lethe. Admirerers will find an early exposition of Burroughs's later themes here, as well as a strain of gallows humor. The work is almost cinematic as it unfolds; the author is not yet experimenting with the meaninglessness of language, and, indeed it is thin in both thought and expression. This is the first of a series of Burroughs's works to be issued by Viking. Foreign rights: Andrew Wylie Agency. November
Library Journal
Burroughs has contracted with Viking Penguin for seven books to be issued over the next five years. Queer , the first of these, was originally written in 1951, but has never before been published. Stylistically similar to Junky , it claims the same protagonist, Lee, who in this work is experiencing a period of intense withdrawal from heroin. He is disintegrated, unsure of himself and his purpose, given to emotional excess. He is obsessed with sex, yet even more craves attention. To satisfy this craving he invents rather frantic ``routines'' designed to shock and amuse his companions. While Queer may seem tame in comparison to Burroughs's later work, it is important for the insight it offers about his development as a writer. His lengthy introduction should be of particular interest to both readers and scholars. David W. Henderson, Eckerd Coll. Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.
Library Journal - BookSmack!
Borroughs's second novel, this was written in 1952 but not released until 1985. Set in early 1950s Mexico, the autobiographical story follows recovering junkie William Lee (Kerouac heads know that Burroughs appears as Bull Lee in a number of Jack's books) as he bar hops with other ugly American expatriates. Lee falls in love with another man, which leads to his downfall. This 25th-anniversary edition restores previously deleted passages and includes notes on the text and the author's original intro. Mike Rogers, "Classic Returns," Booksmack! 10/7/10

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670808335
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
11/01/1985
Product dimensions:
1.00(w) x 1.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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.

Oliver Harris edited The Letters of William S. Burroughs 1945-1959. He is currently a lecturer in American Literature at the University of Keele.

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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