The Ticket That Exploded: The Restored Text

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As this new edition reveals, the cultural reach of The Ticket That Exploded has expanded with the viral logic of Burroughs’s multimedia methods, recycling itself into our digital environment. A last chance antidote to the virus of lies spread by the ad men and con men of the Nova Mob, Burroughs’s book is an outrageous hybrid of pulp science fiction, obscene experimental poetry, and manifesto for revolution—as fresh today as it ever has been. Edited from the original manuscripts by renowned Burroughs scholar ...
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Overview


As this new edition reveals, the cultural reach of The Ticket That Exploded has expanded with the viral logic of Burroughs’s multimedia methods, recycling itself into our digital environment. A last chance antidote to the virus of lies spread by the ad men and con men of the Nova Mob, Burroughs’s book is an outrageous hybrid of pulp science fiction, obscene experimental poetry, and manifesto for revolution—as fresh today as it ever has been. Edited from the original manuscripts by renowned Burroughs scholar Oliver Harris, this revised edition incorporates an introduction and appendices of never before seen materials.

The Ticket That Exploded is a postmodern science fiction novel. Burroughs expands upon his ideas about language "being a virus from outer space". It's the second novel in the Nova Police Trilogy.

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Editorial Reviews

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“In Mr. Burroughs’s hands writing reverts to acts of magic, as though he were making some enormous infernal encyclopedia of all the black impulses and acts that, once made, would shut away the fiends forever.”—The New York Times

“It is in books like The Ticket that Exploded that Burroughs seems to revel in a new medium for its own sake—a medium totally fantastic, spaceless, timeless, in which the normal sentence is fractured, the cosmic tries to push its way through bawdry, and the author shakes the reader as a dog shakes a rat.”—Anthony Burgess, author of A Clockwork Orange

“[Burroughs's] Swiftian vision of a processed, pre-packaged life, a kind of electro-chemical totalitarianism, often evokes the black laughter of hilarious horror.”—Playboy

“The power of his imagination often carries his comedy far into the buried recesses of the psyche.”—The New Republic

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“In Mr. Burroughs’s hands writing reverts to acts of magic, as though he were making some enormous infernal encyclopedia of all the black impulses and acts that, once made, would shut away the fiends forever.”—The New York Times

“It is in books like The Ticket that Exploded that Burroughs seems to revel in a new medium for its own sake—a medium totally fantastic, spaceless, timeless, in which the normal sentence is fractured, the cosmic tries to push its way through bawdry, and the author shakes the reader as a dog shakes a rat.”—Anthony Burgess, author of A Clockwork Orange

“[Burroughs's] Swiftian vision of a processed, pre-packaged life, a kind of electro-chemical totalitarianism, often evokes the black laughter of hilarious horror.”—Playboy

“The power of his imagination often carries his comedy far into the buried recesses of the psyche.”—The New Republic

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802122094
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/8/2014
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 320,353
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (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.

Biography

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.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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