May 06, 2014
5.4 X 8.2 X 1.0 inches | 0.8 pounds
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About 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.
"The voice in The Soft Machine is talking about time. . . . [It] slips deliberately and frequently, sometimes ironically and sometimes not . . . rattles off elliptical allusions, throws away joke after outrageous joke, shifts gear in mid-sentence, never falters. It is precisely this voice--complex, subtle, allusive--that is the fine thing about The Soft Machine and about Burroughs."--Joan Didion "One of the most interesting pieces of radical fiction we have."--The Nation "[Burroughs's] great fictions [show] his superb, hard-edged satirical visions of cancerous and addictive consumerism; his elegiac and poetic invocations of sadness and dislocation; his enormous fertility of ideas and imagery." --Will Self "Out of the dirt, the excrement, the couplings, Burroughs makes a disgusting, exciting poetry."--Sunday Times "The author, no longer raging in obscurity with his devils, has devised a technique, the Cut Up and Pemutation. . . . Burroughs writes, and cuts, and pastes, and adds, and recuts, repastes, rearranges by hazard."--The New York Times Book Review "Burroughs is the greatest satirical writer since Jonathan Swift."--Jack Kerouac