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Burroughs, William S. 1914-1997

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Naked lunch by William S Burroughs( Book )

314 editions published between 1959 and 2016 in 20 languages and held by 5,178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bill Lee, an addict and hustler, travels to Mexico and then Tangier in order to find easy access to drugs, and ends up in the Interzone, a bizarre fantasy world, in an edition that features restored text, archival material, and an essay on psychoactive drugs
Cities of the red night by William S Burroughs( Book )

68 editions published between 1980 and 2010 in 11 languages and held by 1,414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Clem Snide, a private detective, has to solve a case of ritual murder. In the Gobi Desert 100,000 years ago, a red virus has erupted. And in the 18th century, gay pirates have set up their own republics in South America and are at war with the conquistadors. All three stories are merged at the end in a giant trans-time, trans-space battle
The ticket that exploded by William S Burroughs( Book )

82 editions published between 1962 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inspector Lee and the Nova Police have been forced to engage the Nova Mob in one final battle for the planet
Nova express by William S Burroughs( Book )

92 editions published between 1964 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 1,343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this novel of future violence and corruption, the anarchic Nova Mob descends on humankind, while the Nova Police try to match them
The soft machine by William S Burroughs( Book )

104 editions published between 1961 and 2014 in 9 languages and held by 1,319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this surreal, savage fantasy, the sequel to "Naked Lunch", Burroughs develops his "cut-up" technique, randomly cutting up and folding in words to transform the narrative into a new, imaginative form of prose poetry
Queer by William S Burroughs( Book )

56 editions published between 1985 and 2017 in 10 languages and held by 1,244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For more than three decades, while its writer's world fame increased, Queer remained unpublished because of its forthright depiction of homosexual longings.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."--Publisher
The place of dead roads by William S Burroughs( Book )

75 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 1,243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A good old-fashioned shoot-out in the American West of the frontier days serves as the springboard for this hyperkinetic adventure in which gunslingers, led by Kim Carson, fight for galactic freedom. The Place of Dead Roads is the second novel in the trilogy with Cities of the Red Night and The Western Lands."--Goodreads
Exterminator! by William S Burroughs( Book )

56 editions published between 1960 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 1,159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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.--Back cover of paperback edition
The western lands by William S Burroughs( Book )

51 editions published between 1987 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 1,135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this novel, Burroughs completes a trilogy that began with Cities of the Red Night and The Place of Dead Roads, with a profound, revealing, and often astounding meditation on the themes of mortality, loneliness, nuclear peril-and the inextinguishable hope for an existence beyond bodily death."
And the hippos were boiled in their tanks by William S Burroughs( Book )

27 editions published between 1945 and 2013 in English and held by 1,124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This novel from the dawn of the Beat movement by two hugely influential writers shows the two authors' developing styles. On August 14, 1944, Lucien Carr, a friend of William S. Burroughs from St. Louis, stabbed a man named David Kammerer with a Boy Scout knife and threw his body in the Hudson River. For eight years, Kammerer had fawned over the younger Carr, but that night something happened: either Carr had had enough or he was forced to defend himself. The next day, his clothes stained with blood, Carr went to his friends Bill Burroughs and Jack Kerouac for help. Doing so, he involved them in the crime. A few months later, they were caught up in the crime in a different way. Something about the murder captivated the Beats, especially Kerouac and Burroughs, who decided to collaborate on a novel about the events of the previous summer. At the time, the two authors were still unknown, yet to write anything of note. Narrating alternating chapters, they pieced together a hard-boiled tale of bohemian New York during World War II, full of drugs and art, obsession and violence, with scenes and characters drawn from their own lives. They submitted their manuscript - called And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks after an absurd line from a radio bulletin about a circus fire - to publishers, but it was rejected and confined to a filing cabinet for decades. Finally published, at long last, And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks tells the story of Ramsay Allen and the object of his fixation, the charismatic, idealistic young Phillip Tourian. Phillip and his friends drink and dream in the bars and apartments of the West Village, until, with his friend Mike Ryko (Kerouac's narrator), he hatches a plan to ship out as a merchant marine. They'll catch a boat for France and jump ship, then make their way through the front to Paris
The wild boys : a book of the dead by William S Burroughs( Book )

59 editions published between 1969 and 2012 in English and held by 926 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A futuristic tale of global warfare in which a guerrilla gang of boys dedicated to freedom battles the organized armies of repressive police states
The adding machine : selected essays by William S Burroughs( Book )

35 editions published between 1984 and 2013 in English and held by 917 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scintillating essays about the author himself, his interests, his influences, his friends and foes. He offers candid and not always flattering assessments of other writers. He ruminates on science and the often dubious paths into which it seem intent on leading us, whether into outer or inner space. Burroughs reviews his reviewers, explains his famous "cup-up" method, and discusses the role coincidence has played in his life and his work
Writers at work : the Paris review interviews, third series by George Plimpton( Book )

3 editions published in 1967 in English and held by 910 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Interviews and biographical notes, prepared for book publication by George Plimpton."
Junky by William S Burroughs( Book )

88 editions published between 1977 and 2017 in 8 languages and held by 871 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Depicts the addict's life: his hallucinations, his ghostly nocturnal wanderings, his strange sexuality, and his hunger for the needle. Following its hero from his midwestern birthplace to New York, New Orleans, and Mexico City. Based on the author's own experiences
The last words of Dutch Schultz : a fiction in the form of a film script by William S Burroughs( Book )

32 editions published between 1969 and 2008 in English and French and held by 759 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Before he was gunned down in the Palace Chop House in Newark, NJ, October 1935, Arthur Flegenheimer, alias Dutch Schultz, was generally considered New York's Number One racketeer. He survived for two days, with a police stenographer to record his last words. He talked of his childhood and youth, as well as his recent past. Burroughs has taken these last words as a starting point to create his own fiction about the man
Interzone by William S Burroughs( Book )

34 editions published between 1989 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 726 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While living in Tangiers in the 1950s, Burroughs wrote "a startling collection of short stories, autobiographical sketches, letters, and diary entries, all of which showcase his trademark mordant humor, while delineating the addictions to drugs and sex that are the central metaphors of his work."--Cover, Penguin ed
Ghost of chance by William S Burroughs( Book )

22 editions published between 1991 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 694 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 18th-century Madagascar, a pirate establishes a settlement with laws to protect the local flora and fauna, the latter comprising a large lemur population. The pirate's ideal is destroyed by greedy developers and the lemurs go the way of so many other species, victims of "Homo Sap, the Ugly Animal."
Stoned immaculate : the music of the Doors by Doors (Musical group)( Recording )

2 editions published in 2000 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 649 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The songs made famous by the musical group The Doors performed by a variety of artists
Drugstore cowboy by Gus Van Sant( Visual )

14 editions published between 1989 and 2020 in 4 languages and held by 605 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A group of junkies rob drugstores to fund their addictions in the Pacific Northwest of the 1970s
Port of saints by William S Burroughs( Book )

21 editions published between 1973 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 515 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The mind-boggling story of a man whose alternate selves take him on a fantastic journey through space, time, and sexuality."--Back cover
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Naked lunch
Cities of the red nightThe ticket that explodedNova expressThe soft machineQueerThe place of dead roadsExterminator!The western lands
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Baroouz, Ouiliam.

Baroouz, Ouiliam 1914-

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Gulielmus Seward Burroughs II

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William Burroughs novelista, ensayista y crítico social estadounidense

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William S. Burroughs American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer (1914-1997)

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Барроуз, Уильям 1914-1997

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Берроуз, Уильям 1914-1997

Вільям Барроуз

Вільям Барроуз американський письменник-новеліст і есеїст

Уильям Сьюард Берроуз американский писатель и эссеист

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בורוז, וויליאם ס., 1914-

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בורוז, וילים ס.

ויליאם ס. בורוז

ויליאם ס. בורוז אמן אמריקאי

ويليام بوروز

ویلیام اس. باروز

ویلیام بورو دوم نویسنده و شاعر آمریکایی

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바로우즈, 윌리엄 S. 1914-1997

버로스, 윌리엄 S. 1914-1997

버로스, 윌리엄 시월드 1914-1997

버로즈, 윌리엄 S. 1914-1997

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バロウズ, ウィリアム

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威廉·蘇厄德·柏洛茲二世 美國小說家,短篇小說作家,散文家,畫家和口頭表演者