The Western Lands (Paperback)

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Burroughs's eagerly awaited final novel in the trilogy begun with Cities of the Red Night and The Place of Dead Roads is a profound, revealing, and often astonishing meditation on mortality, loneliness, nuclear peril, and the inextinguishable hope for life after death.

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Publisher Penguin Group USA
Mfg Part# 9780140094565
SKU 30014816
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0140094563
Release Date 11/1/1988
Author Info
William S. Burroughs
Born into a wealthy St. Louis, Missouri family, William S. Burroughs moved to Greenwich Village in the mid-1940s, where he met and married Joan Vollmer. Vollmer introduced Burroughs to Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. Burroughs took up writing and became a guiding spirit to the Beat Generation. Because of their heavy use of drugs, the couple (and their baby, William Jr.) eventually fled to Mexico. In 1951, in a drunken game of William Tell, Burroughs shot and killed Vollmer. Acquitted, Burroughs sank deeper into heroin addiction and finally flew to Europe to detox for good. It was after Vollmer's death that he openly acknowledged his homosexuality. He moved to Lawrence, Kansas in 1981 and lived there until his death from a heart attack in 1997. Burroughs influenced not only writers, but musicians like David Bowie and Patti Smith, who used the cut-up techniques that Burroughs developed; the groups Steely Dan (whose name comes from NAKED LUNCH) and the Rolling Stones (who wrote songs about several of his characters); Lou Reed, and Richard Hell. Burroughs was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Commandant de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres of France.
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First Line The old writer lived in a boxcar by the river.
Annotation The final installment in Burroughs's trilogy that includes CITIES OF THE RED NIGHT and THE PLACE OF DEAD ROADS.
Editors Note Burroughs's eagerly awaited final novel in the trilogy begun with Cities of the Red Night and The Place of Dead Roads is a profound, revealing, and often astonishing meditation on mortality, loneliness, nuclear peril, and the inextinguishable hope for life after death.
Editors Note 3 Drawing heavily on Egyptian mythology, this visionary novel follows Joe the Dead, Kim Carsons, Neferti, Hassan i Sabbah, and the Old Man of the Mountains on their hazardous pilgrimage toward immortality
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Book Format Paperback
Minimum Age 18
Number of Pages 0272
Publisher Penguin Books

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