by William S. Burroughs


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Conspirators plot to explode a train carrying nerve gas. A perfect servant suddenly reveals himself to be the insidious Dr. Fu Manchu. Science-fantasy wars, racism, corporate capitalism, drug addiction, and various medical and psychiatric horrors all play their parts in this mosaiclike, experimental novel. Here is William S. Burroughs at his coruscating and hilarious best.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140050035
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/1979
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 615,225
Product dimensions: 5.05(w) x 7.76(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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

Table of Contents

The Lemon Kid9
Short Trip Home15
Davy Jones17
The Evening News20
Astronaut's Return22
My Face28
Wind Die. You Die. We Die36
End of the Line46
The Drums of Death50
"Johnny 23"52
The Discipline of DE55
The Perfect Servant68
Ali's Smile74
Twilight's Last Gleamings85
The Coming of the Purple Better One93
"What Washington? What Orders?"110
From Here to Eternity115
The Teacher119
They Do Not Always Remember133
Seeing Red141
Old Movie143
The "Priest" They Called Him156
My Legs Senor160
The End162
Cold Lost Marbles168

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