Originally written in 1952 but not published till 1985, "Queer" is an enigma - both an unflinching autobiographical self-portrait and a coruscatingly ...Show synopsisOriginally written in 1952 but not published till 1985, "Queer" is an enigma - both an unflinching autobiographical self-portrait and a coruscatingly political novel, Burroughs' only realist love story and a montage of comic-grotesque fantasies that paved the way for his masterpiece, "Naked Lunch". Set in Mexico City during the early fifties, "Queer" follows William Lee's hopeless pursuit of desire from bar to bar in the American expatriate scene. As Lee breaks down, the trademark Burroughsian voice emerges; a maniacal mix of self-lacerating humor and the Ugly American at his ugliest. A haunting tale of possession and exorcism, "Queer" is also a novel with a history of secrets, as this new edition reveals.Hide synopsis
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Description:Very Good. Fiction Subjects. US: Penguin (Non-Classics)....Very Good. Fiction Subjects. US: Penguin (Non-Classics). Paperback. Excellent. Editorial Reviews From Pu blishers Weekly In an introduction, Burroughs observes that he wrote this h eretofore unpubl ished picaresque novel in 1951, well before Naked Lunch es tablished his rep utation. He reveals that the book had its genesis in a te rrible event: his accidental shooting to death of his wife, Joan, a traged y that released the black wellsprings of his talent. The narrative recount s the hallucinatory life of William Lee, an American in Mexico City in the 1940s and his journe y to Ecuador with his reluctant lover, Eugene Allerto n, in search of the dr ug Yage. Lee is Burroughs after the killing, weighed down by guilt, drugs, lust and despair; seeking lethe. Admirerers will fi nd an early exposition o f Burroughs's later themes here, as well as a stra in of gallows humor. The work is almost cinematic as it unfolds; the autho r is not yet experimenting with the meaninglessness of language, and, inde ed it is thin in both thoug ht and expression. This is the first of a serie s of Burroughs's works to be issued by Viking. Foreign rights: Andrew Wyli e Agency. November Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This te xt refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. From Li brary Journal Burroughs has contracted with Viking Penguin for seven books to be issued over the next five years. Queer, the first of these, was orig inally written in 1951, but has never before been published. Stylistically similar to Junky, it claims the same protagonist, Lee, who in this work is experiencing a period of intense withdrawal from heroin. He is disintegrat.
Queer allows the reader to experience life through the eyes of a homosexual drug addict. I found this book so captivating I was able to finish it in one night. In this book Burroughs exposes the secret world of homosexuals in a time when their lifestyle was thought by many to be criminal. This book also exposes the raw human emotions of one sided love affair between William Lee and his young traveling companion. Queer is a classic novel written in true Burroughs' style and welcomes the reader into the dark side of life.
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