The Yage Letters by William S. Burroughs audiobook

The Yage Letters

By William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg
Edited and with an introduction by Oliver Harris
Read by Andrew Garman , Luis Moreno , and Mark Nelson

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4.75 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9781471242946

William Burroughs closed his classic novel Junky by saying he was determined to search out a drug he called “Yage,” a drug that could be the final fix. In The Yage Letters, a mix of travel writing, satire, psychedelia and epistolary novel, he journeys through South America, writing to his friend Allen Ginsberg about his experiments with the strange drug, using it to travel through time and space and derange his senses. Burroughs’ letters reveal his desire to escape the norms of American society which hemmed him in and the extraordinary steps he took to break free.

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William Burroughs closed his classic novel Junky by saying he was determined to search out a drug he called “Yage,” a drug that could be the final fix. In The Yage Letters, a mix of travel writing, satire, psychedelia and epistolary novel, he journeys through South America, writing to his friend Allen Ginsberg about his experiments with the strange drug, using it to travel through time and space and derange his senses.

Burroughs’ letters reveal his desire to escape the norms of American society which hemmed him in and the extraordinary steps he took to break free.

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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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Author Bio: Allen Ginsberg

Author Bio: Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg (1926–1997) was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters as well as a winner of the National Book Award for Poetry. He was born in Newark, New Jersey.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 4.75
Audience: Adult
Language: English