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Junky

William S. Burroughs

Junk is not, like alcohol or a weed, a means to increased enjoyment of life. Junk is not a kick. It is a way of life. In his debut novel, Junky , Burroughs fictionalized his experiences using and peddling heroin and other drugs in the 1950s into a work that reads like a field report from the underworld of post-war America. The Burroughs-like protagonist of the novel, Bill Lee, see-saws between periods of addiction and rehab, using a panoply of substances including heroin, cocaine, marijuana, paregoric (a weak tincture of opium) and goof balls (barbiturate), amongst others. For this definitive edition, renowned Burroughs scholar Oliver Harris has gone back to archival typescripts to re-created the author's original text word by word. From the tenements of New York to the queer bars of New Orleans, Junky takes the reader into a world at once long-forgotten and still with us today. Burroughs' s first novel is a cult classic and a critical part of his oeuvre.

Junk is not, like alcohol or a weed, a means to increased enjoyment of life. Junk is not a kick. It is a way of life. In his debut novel, Junky , Burroughs fictionalized his experiences using and peddling heroin and other drugs in the 1950s into a work that reads like a field report from the underworld of post-war America. The Burroughs-like protagonist of the novel, Bill Lee, see-saws between periods of addiction and rehab, using a panoply of substances including heroin, cocaine, marijuana, paregoric (a weak tincture of opium) and goof balls (barbiturate), amongst others. For this definitive edition, renowned Burroughs scholar Oliver Harris has gone back to archival typescripts to re-created the author's original text word by word. From the tenements of New York to the queer bars of New Orleans, Junky takes the reader into a world at once long-forgotten and still with us today. Burroughs' s first novel is a cult classic and a critical part of his oeuvre.
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Junk is not, like alcohol or a weed, a means to increased enjoyment of life. Junk is not a kick. It is a way of life. In his debut novel, Junky , Burroughs fictionalized his experiences using and peddling heroin and other drugs in the 1950s into a work that reads like a field report from the underworld of post-war America. The Burroughs-like protagonist of the novel, Bill Lee, see-saws between periods of addiction and rehab, using a panoply of substances including heroin, cocaine, marijuana, paregoric (a weak tincture of opium) and goof balls (barbiturate), amongst others. For this definitive edition, renowned Burroughs scholar Oliver Harris has gone back to archival typescripts to re-created the author's original text word by word. From the tenements of New York to the queer bars of New Orleans, Junky takes the reader into a world at once long-forgotten and still with us today. Burroughs' s first novel is a cult classic and a critical part of his oeuvre.

Language:

English

Narrators:

T. Ryder Smith, Mark Nelson, Andrew Garman

Length:

7h 7m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

26:56


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

26:14


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

13:27


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

23:06


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

24:46


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

25:55


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

22:59


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

27:30


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

26:50


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

26:51


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

25:49


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

28:16


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

26:41


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

28:05


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

19:30


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

23:00


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

26:09


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:55