Queer by William S. Burroughs audiobook

Queer

By William S. Burroughs
Introduction by Oliver Harris
Read by Andrew Garman and T. Ryder Smith

Recorded Books, Inc.
4.72 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9781470380458

For more than three decades, while its writer's world fame increased, Queer remained unpublished because of its forthright depiction of homosexual longings.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. The narrative is punctuated by Lee's outrageous "routines" -- brilliant comic monologues that foreshadow Naked Lunch -- yet the atmosphere is heavy with foreboding. In his extraordinary introduction, Burroughs reflects on the shattering events in his life that lay behind this work.

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Summary

Summary

For more than three decades, while its writer's world fame increased, Queer remained unpublished because of its forthright depiction of homosexual longings.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. The narrative is punctuated by Lee's outrageous "routines" -- brilliant comic monologues that foreshadow Naked Lunch -- yet the atmosphere is heavy with foreboding. In his extraordinary introduction, Burroughs reflects on the shattering events in his life that lay behind this work.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Queer is a stunner. A neglected work that became legendary in its very absence.” Los Angeles Times
“Admirers will find an early exposition of Burroughs’ later themes here, as well as a strain of gallows humor. The work is almost cinematic as it unfolds.” Publishers Weekly
“While Queer may seem tame in comparison to Burroughs’ later work, it is important for the insight it offers about his development as a writer.” Library Journal

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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
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 4.72
Audience: Adult
Language: English