Junky by 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.

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The 809th greatest fiction book of all time


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[(Junky)] [Author: William S. Burroughs] published on (April, 2012) Paperback 8475608 $15.93 2012
Junky (Collection Folio) (French Edition) Paperback 8821935 $6.98 $4.58 2008
Junky: The Definitive Text of "Junk" Paperback 7501 $7.11 $8.95 2012
Junky Mass Market Paperback 10341160 $9.00 1999
Junky: The Definitive Text of 'Junk' Paperback 924515 $3.92 $2.98 2008
Junky: The Definitive Text of "Junk" Kindle Edition 20720 2012
Junky: The Definitive Text of "Junk" (50th Anniversary Edition) Paperback 171549 $11.14 $1.15 2003
Junky Audio CD 2497869 $173.13 $50.00 2000
Junky Audible Audio Edition 7023 $17.95 2013
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