Nova Express by William S. Burroughs audiobook

Nova Express: The Restored Text

By William S. Burroughs
Edited and with an introduction by Oliver Harris
Read by Ramiz Monsef

Blackstone Publishing 9780802122087

The Nova Trilogy: Book 3

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The most ferociously political and prophetic book of the Cut-Up Trilogy, Nova Express fires the reader into a textual outer space, the better to see our burning planet and the operations of the Nova Mob in all their ugliness. As with The Soft Machine and The Ticket That Exploded, Burroughs deploys his cut-up methods both to scramble the scripts that fix our destinies and to create startling new forms of poetic possibility. Nova Express is a visionary demand to take back the world that has been stolen from us.

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Summary

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Nominated for the 1965 Nebula Award for Best Novel

The most ferociously political and prophetic book of the Cut-Up Trilogy, Nova Express fires the reader into a textual outer space, the better to see our burning planet and the operations of the Nova Mob in all their ugliness. As with The Soft Machine and The Ticket That Exploded, Burroughs deploys his cut-up methods both to scramble the scripts that fix our destinies and to create startling new forms of poetic possibility. Nova Express is a visionary demand to take back the world that has been stolen from us.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A sermon blast of language…Burroughs is the Martin Luther of hipsterism, welding his decree on the silicon doors of the solar system.” Newsweek
“Burroughs writes with a beauty and efficiency unmatched by any living writer.” Chicago Sun-Times
“Hypnotic…outrageous. [Burroughs] can think of the wildest parodies of erotic exuberance and invent the weirdest places for demonstrating them.” Harper’s
“Macabre, funny, reverberant, grotesque.” New York Review of Books

Reviews

Reviews

by Rogue Writer 9/13/2017
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Not Impressed

I finally get to consume more Burroughs and am left unimpressed. I’ve worked with the cut-up/fold-in method as a writer in the past and produced far more palatable works as a result. The process is fun and can produce entertaining results. Burroughs gets the credit for the inspiration, but that’s where it ends. Burroughs seems to delight in making readers try to figure out his writings, and the payoff, for me, is highly unsatisfying. To think he intended this book to be read by twelve-year-old boys. Sorry, Reverend Lee, try again. As far as making this into an audiobook, it just doesn’t translate well. His work is meant to be read with one’s eyeballs, and the readings have to come through you. Instead, we are a provided in audio format, a fixed and static interpretation. A lot of Burroughs intent is lost in audio format. Ramiz, I feel for you. This must have been one hell of a chore to narrate.

Author

Author Bio: William S. Burroughs

Author Bio: William S. Burroughs

William S. Burroughs (1914–1997) was an American author, painter, and spoken-word performer who has had a wide-ranging influence on American culture. Jack Kerouac called him the “greatest satirical writer since Jonathan Swift.” Norman Mailer declared him “the only American writer who may be conceivably possessed by genius.” A postmodernist and a key figure of the beat generation, he focused his art on a relentless subversion of the moral, political, and economic conventions of modern American society, as reflected in his often darkly humorous and sardonic satire. He wrote eighteen novels and novellas, six short-story collections, and four collections of essays. No fewer than five books of his interviews and correspondence have been published. He also collaborated on projects and recordings with numerous performers and musicians and made many appearances in films. He was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1983 and in the following year was appointed to the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 5.67
Audience: Adult
Language: English