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William S. Burroughs (1914–1997)

Autor(a) de Naked Lunch

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William S. Burroughs was a primary figure of the Beat Generation who wrote in the postmodern paranoid fiction genre. Jack Kerouac called Burroughs the "greatest satirical writer since Jonathan Swift," while Norman Mailer declared him "the only American writer who may be conceivably possessed by mostrar mais genius." While he is best known for the novels Naked Lunch, Queer, and Junkie, he also collaborated with artists such as Laurie Anderson, Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Gus Van Sant, David Cronen-berg, and Sonic Youth to produce films, music, and performance pieces. mostrar menos
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(eng) This is the beat author, not to be confused with his son of the same name, also an author.

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Obras por William S. Burroughs

Naked Lunch (1962) 6,998 exemplares
Junky (1953) 4,860 exemplares
Naked Lunch: The Restored Text (2001) 4,276 exemplares
Queer (1985) 1,719 exemplares
The Soft Machine (1961) 1,521 exemplares
Cities of the Red Night (1981) 1,462 exemplares
Nova Express (1964) 1,077 exemplares
The Ticket That Exploded (1962) 993 exemplares
The Place of Dead Roads (1984) 938 exemplares
The Wild Boys: A Book of the Dead (1971) 912 exemplares
The Western Lands (1987) 843 exemplares
Exterminator! (1973) 687 exemplares
The Yage Letters (1963) 649 exemplares
Interzone (1989) 594 exemplares
The Cat Inside (1986) 593 exemplares
My Education: A Book of Dreams (1995) 558 exemplares
Ghost of Chance (1991) 344 exemplares
The Burroughs File (1984) 206 exemplares
Blade Runner: A Movie (1979) 189 exemplares
Port of Saints (1980) 170 exemplares
Electronic Revolution (1970) 121 exemplares
The Third Mind (1978) 98 exemplares
Dead Fingers Talk (1963) 98 exemplares
Tornado Alley (1981) 84 exemplares
Ah Pook Is Here! (1971) 79 exemplares
The Finger (2018) 75 exemplares
Sidetripping (1975) — Autor — 68 exemplares
A William Burroughs Reader (1982) 66 exemplares
Ali's Smile / Naked Scientology (1973) 51 exemplares
Painting & guns (1990) 44 exemplares
The book of breeething (1974) 39 exemplares
Queer 39 exemplares
Roosevelt After Inauguration (1979) 38 exemplares
Cobble stone gardens (1976) 36 exemplares
White Subway (1973) 35 exemplares
Early Routines (1981) 28 exemplares
Minutes to Go (1960) 25 exemplares
Dead city radio [sound recording] (1990) 22 exemplares
The Retreat Diaries (1976) 16 exemplares
The Exterminator (1960) 16 exemplares
Coenzyme Q10 (1998) 15 exemplares
The Seven Deadly Sins (1991) 15 exemplares
Die alten Filme (1979) 14 exemplares
So Who Owns Death TV? (1967) 12 exemplares
Snack... (1975) 12 exemplares
Manual revisado del boy scout (2016) 11 exemplares
Paper Cloud Thick Pages (Art Random) (1992) — Artist — 10 exemplares
Apocalypse (1988) 10 exemplares
The Dead Star (Nova Broadcast 5) (1969) 10 exemplares
William S. Burroughs [art exhibition catalog] (1988) — Artist — 9 exemplares
Travel agency is on fire (2015) 8 exemplares
You Can't Win (2001) 7 exemplares
William S. Burroughs: Cut (The Future of the Past) (2013) — Artist — 7 exemplares
Jack Kerouac (2009) 7 exemplares
The Junky's Christmas [1993 film] (2006) — Author & Narrator — 7 exemplares
DOCTOR BENWAY 6 exemplares
Ali's smile 6 exemplares
Climate: Into the 21st Century (2003) 6 exemplares
Essais (1981) 6 exemplares
Battle Instructions (2020) 6 exemplares
The Braille Film (1970) 5 exemplares
The Road To The Western Lands — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Let me hang you (2016) 5 exemplares
UNCOMMON QUOTES (1989) 5 exemplares
Scrittura creativa (1994) 5 exemplares
Lasers (1977) 5 exemplares
My Weight in Wands (2020) 4 exemplares
Entre chats (1986) 4 exemplares
Icerdeki Kedi (2013) 4 exemplares
Painting [art exhibition catalog] (1988) — Artist — 4 exemplares
Sinki's sauna 4 exemplares
Thee Films 4 exemplares
The Black Rider [theater program] — Autor — 4 exemplares
THE NOVA CONVENTION 4 exemplares
RE/SEARCH 3 exemplares
The Exterminator Redux (2020) 3 exemplares
Essais tome 1 (1996) 3 exemplares
William S Burroughs. Creative Observer (2014) — Artist — 3 exemplares
Top (2001) 3 exemplares
Nahý oběd ; Nova Express (1994) 3 exemplares
7786 - Burroughs, Wm. — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
TOWERS OPEN FIRE 3 exemplares
Minutes To Go Redux (2020) 3 exemplares
RUSKI 3 exemplares
El fantasma de l'oportunitat (2018) 3 exemplares
Destroy All Rational Thought With William Burroughs (2006) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Junkie / Narcotic Agent (1953) 3 exemplares
Bicha (Portuguese Edition) (2016) 2 exemplares
Le festin nu + DVD 2 exemplares
Akademi 23 (2014) 2 exemplares
LOCUS SOLUS II 2 exemplares
DARAZT 2 exemplares
Son Sozler (2015) 2 exemplares
THE DARK EYE 2 exemplares
Apomorphine 2 exemplares
Yellowstone Park Romance (1911) 2 exemplares
The Streets of Chance (1981) 2 exemplares
Le Colloque de Tanger (1976) 2 exemplares
Arcade (Number One) 2 exemplares
MRABET POSTCARD 2 exemplares
Banker with a heart 2 exemplares
Poems 2 exemplares
STILETTO (1989) 2 exemplares
Colloque de Tanger II (1979) 2 exemplares
This Is Important #3 (1981) 2 exemplares
Essais / 2 (1996) 2 exemplares
William S. Burroughs paintings (1988) 2 exemplares
Curse go back [sound recording] (2016) 2 exemplares
Myths. Instructions 1. [sound recording] — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Las tierras occidentales (2020) 2 exemplares
Elektro Devrim 8 (2017) 1 exemplar
Le città della notte rossa (2015) 1 exemplar
Patlamis Bilet (2011) 1 exemplar
Lístek, který explodoval (2019) 1 exemplar
Katten indeni (2014) 1 exemplar
Das Buch vom Aaatmen (1982) 1 exemplar
Ciplak Solen (2014) 1 exemplar
Últimas palabras (2021) 1 exemplar
Pesko 1 exemplar
Razgovori 1 exemplar
Dosis 1 exemplar
The hog 1 exemplar
POSTCARD 1 1 exemplar
Dark Blood (1999) 1 exemplar
In Dub 1 exemplar
Kulchur (Issue Number One) (1960) 1 exemplar
Intrepid #6 (1966) 1 exemplar
Goorbe Daroon 1 exemplar
Kame Kaze (1992) 1 exemplar
ćpun 1 exemplar
Pranzul Dezgolit (2020) 1 exemplar
Lee family history 1 exemplar
Drawing dialogue (2019) 1 exemplar
ASYLUM 3 1 exemplar
Johnny 23 1 exemplar
An interview 1 exemplar
SPERO 1 exemplar
TIME PLACE WORD 1 exemplar
TEXTES 1 exemplar
UNIVERS 12 1 exemplar
UNIVERS 10 1 exemplar
TIME-BOOTLEG 1 exemplar
PARDON 1 exemplar
GALERIE K CATALOG 1 exemplar
I 1 exemplar
Oui. Vol. 6 No. 10 1 exemplar
Oui. Vol. 2 No. 8 1 exemplar
Playboy. Vol. 17 No. 2 — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
High Times. No. 48 1 exemplar
High Times. No. 43 1 exemplar
TALK TALK FLEXI 1 exemplar
FRONTIERS 1 exemplar
ESQUIRE CASSETTE 1 exemplar
GHOSTS AT NO. 9 1 exemplar
Miluju postavy z podsvětí (1996) 1 exemplar
RAPID EYE 1 exemplar
THE 60S READER 1 exemplar
MAYFAIR VOL 5 NO 7 1 exemplar
Black Rider 1 exemplar
SOFT NEED #9 1 exemplar
ZONE 7 1 exemplar
New writing and writers 16 (1979) 1 exemplar
William Burroughs: Painting (1988) 1 exemplar
Black Book 1963-64 1 exemplar
LIGHTWORKS 1 exemplar
LITTLE CAESAR 9 1 exemplar
KONTEXTS 1 exemplar
NORTHWEST EXTRA! 1 exemplar
PAINTINGS 1 exemplar
PAINTING 1 exemplar
SEMIOTEXT(E) USA 1 exemplar
KLACTO 23 1 exemplar
MY OWN MAG #14 1 exemplar
GUITAR WORLD 1 exemplar
CYCLOPS NO 1 1 exemplar
PANTAPON ROSE 1 exemplar
THE FINAL ACADEMY 1 exemplar
LITERARY VISION 1 exemplar
Pengefutar 1 exemplar
RUSH 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Portable Beat Reader (Viking Portable Library) (1992) — Contribuidor — 1,460 exemplares
You Can't Win (1926) — Introdução, algumas edições658 exemplares
The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry (1999) — Contribuidor — 593 exemplares
The Wild Party (1928) — Introdução, algumas edições564 exemplares
Scattered Poems (City Lights Pocket Poets Series) (1989) — Photography, algumas edições461 exemplares
The Portable Sixties Reader (2002) — Contribuidor — 327 exemplares
The Faber Book of Gay Short Fiction (1992) — Contribuidor — 320 exemplares
The New Media Reader (2003) — Contribuidor — 298 exemplares
Postmodern American Fiction: A Norton Anthology (1997) — Contribuidor — 279 exemplares
The Olympia Reader (1965) — Contribuidor — 279 exemplares
Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (1998) — Contribuidor — 278 exemplares
Sonoma Rose (2012) — Designer da capa, algumas edições267 exemplares
Semiotext(e) SF (1989) — Contribuidor — 248 exemplares
William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Throbbing Gristle (1982) — Contribuidor — 240 exemplares
High Risk: An Anthology of Forbidden Writings (1991) — Contribuidor — 215 exemplares
Mindfield: New and Selected Poems (1989) — Prefácio, algumas edições196 exemplares
The Starry Wisdom: A Tribute to H.P. Lovecraft (1994) — Contribuidor — 188 exemplares
Three-fisted Tales of "Bob": Short Stories in the Subgenius Mythos (1990) — Contribuidor — 181 exemplares
The Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature (1998) — Contribuidor — 158 exemplares
In Youth Is Pleasure & I Left My Grandfather's House (1994) — Prefácio, algumas edições148 exemplares
Writers at Work 03 (1967) — Interviewee — 144 exemplares
Man Alone: Alienation in Modern Society (1962) — Contribuidor — 141 exemplares
Chaos & Cyber Culture (1994) — Contribuidor — 139 exemplares
SF12 (1968) — Contribuidor — 137 exemplares
The Herbert Huncke Reader (1997) — Prefácio, algumas edições106 exemplares
Naked Lunch [1991 film] (1992) — Original novel — 90 exemplares
Twists of the Tale: An Anthology of Cat Horror (1996) — Contribuidor — 87 exemplares
On the Line: New Gay Fiction (1981) — Contribuidor — 82 exemplares
The Cool School: Writing from America's Hip Underground (2013) — Contribuidor — 80 exemplares
The Beats (1960) — Autor, algumas edições62 exemplares
Confederacy of the Dead (1993) — Contribuidor — 61 exemplares
Gay Sunshine Interviews. Vol. 1 (1978) — Interviewee — 60 exemplares
Jean Genet in Tangier (1974) — Introdução, algumas edições58 exemplares
Drugstore Cowboy [1989 film] (1989) — Actor — 53 exemplares
New American Story (1962) — Contribuidor — 48 exemplares
Flowers in the Blood: The Story of Opium (1981) — Introdução, algumas edições46 exemplares
You Got to Burn to Shine: New and Selected Writings (1994) — Introdução — 43 exemplares
The Lucifer Society (1971) — Contribuidor — 42 exemplares
The Black Rider [sound recording] (1993) — Contribuidor — 41 exemplares
Mister Heartbreak (1984) — Compositor — 32 exemplares
The Award Avant-Garde Reader (1965) — Contribuidor — 31 exemplares
Songs in the Key of X: Music from and Inspired by The X-Files (1996) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
Strange Amazing and Mysterious Places (1993) — Introdução — 26 exemplares
Brion Gysin Let the Mice In (1973) — Contribuidor — 25 exemplares
The Opposite of Sex [1998 film] (1998) — Actor — 25 exemplares
Big Table 1 (1959) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
Grand Street 59: Time (Winter 1997) (1900) — Contribuidor — 16 exemplares
New York Inside Out (1984) — Introdução, algumas edições16 exemplares
Seven Souls — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
Living With the Animals (1994) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
Omni Visions One (1993) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
September Songs: The Music of Kurt Weill (1997) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
Stoned immaculate the music of the Doors (2000) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
Big Table 2 (1959) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
Like a Girl, I Want You To Keep Coming — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
William S. Burroughs : commissioner of sewers [videorecording] (1991) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Helnwein Faces (1992) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
World Turning — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Evergreen Review No. 20 (1961) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Hallucination engine — Vocalist — 5 exemplares
Apocalypse across the sky [sound recording] — Liner notes — 4 exemplares
Locus Solus II (1961) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Cough it up : the hairball story [sound recording] (1995) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Døds-layoutet 1 (1972) — Autor, algumas edições; Autor, algumas edições3 exemplares
Life is a killer [sound recording] — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Hashisheen : the end of law [sound recording] — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
The Paris Review 109 1988 Winter — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
AVEC (1988) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Conspiracy Charges — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Steamshovel Press. Issue #17 — Contribuidor, algumas edições2 exemplares
Better an old demon than a new god [sound recording] — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Ah Pook is here (Animated short, 1994) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Intrepid No. 5, 1st Anniversary Issue — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Lines, No. 6 — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar

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Membros

Discussions

1914: William S. Burroughs - The Yage Letters em Literary Centennials (Agosto 2014)
Authors similar to Burroughs em William Burroughs (Fevereiro 2012)

Críticas

*Partial spoilers ahead*

Frustrating. After years of blah, increasingly half-hearted experimental novels and a relatively short (though brutal) period of writer's block, Burroughs almost staged a comeback with Cities of the Red Night. Almost, but not quite. The first half of the book is the most ambitious thing he ever wrote, and the array of characters and situations is very impressive; it's obvious that he was taking greater pains with the material, and found it interesting and engaging. There's a story here, and you actually want to turn the page and find out what happens next. (This is extremely rare in WSB's oeuvre; he was by nature a writer, yet not a natural storyteller.)

So why did Burroughs allow this extraordinarily promising beginning to go to hell in the book's second half? Why did he abandon the various threads of the plot to churn out 160-odd pages of dreary, Naked Lunch-style routines? (You know the stuff I mean: young red-haired boy bends over and farts righteous green flame, setting fire to a bunch of screaming Southern bigots as Doc Benway looks on and mutters, "Most interesting case indeed," etc. This goes on for page after page after page, almost as if Burroughs intended to confound the reader's expectations.) Did he find himself unable to write a coherent ending? Was he only trying to give his audience the obscenity-by-numbers that he thought they demanded? Your guess is as good as mine, but the unfulfilled potential of Cities drives me crazy. I do feel that it's worth reading for the excellent first half; just enter into it with the understanding that the whole thing collapses rather abruptly and never recovers.

Burroughs was mixing with a dark, dangerous crowd during the years that this novel was being written, and the influence of the Magickal Childe scene is evident in the subplot involving New York private eye Clem Snide and the supernatural forces he encounters while investigating a cult murder case. If memory serves, the macabre death of the Jerry Green character was based on a real-life incident briefly described in a book by English travel writer Bruce Chatwin, and which actually did occur on the Greek island of Spetses or Spetsai. That island was the setting for John Fowles's critically acclaimed The Magus, to which Burroughs makes direct reference in Cities of the Red Night. It's interesting to note that horror novelist Peter Straub, who likewise appears to have rubbed elbows with some frightening folk during this same period, based his bestselling Shadowland (published the year before Cities) on the Fowles novel.
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Jonathan_M | 13 outras críticas | Apr 8, 2024 |
look, at a certain point very early on, i realised i was reading this not for enjoyment but as an anthropological exercise, satisfying my curiosity about midcentury america, my personal favourite era of history to study. and in that sense this was quite an edifying read. but on the other hand i found it pretty much skin-crawlingly horrible at all points, not so much the sex, the sex i could easily handle, even some of the more comical violence, but my god, the RACISM. oy vey. reading this on the subway felt like i was committing an act of antisocial behaviour. i covered the recto/verso with my hand when i had people near me. mortifying! a hard one to tackle with my 21st Century Sensibilities and like i AM glad i read it - there are actually some moments of really thrilling prose and insight - but now i need a palate cleanser asap.… (mais)
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i. | 68 outras críticas | Feb 19, 2024 |
Interesting look at drug culture in the 40s, but missing the element shared by some of his contemporaries that for me transcends the gritty subject matter and makes the work, for lack of a better word, beautiful.
 
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GDBrown | 53 outras críticas | Feb 15, 2024 |
I suspect this is a book one either loves or hates. While I didn't hate it, and while the book certainly contains some nuggets of insight that are worth reading, I found it trying to have to read so much ridiculous trash in order to find those insights. Other than its historical relevance, perhaps the main reason to read this book is to see just how messed up heroin and other opiates will make someone, such that you decide to avoid them all. So five stars for its historical relevance, its warning against opiates, and a handful of insights, but zero stars for 98% of the book's contents, which leads to my 2.5 star review.… (mais)
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tnilsson | 68 outras críticas | Feb 5, 2024 |

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Neil Stuart Cover designer
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Estatísticas

Obras
398
Also by
87
Membros
35,341
Popularidade
#533
Avaliação
½ 3.7
Críticas
381
ISBN
870
Línguas
29
Marcado como favorito
215

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