Queer (25th-Anniversary Edition)

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Queer (25th-Anniversary Edition) Fiction
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Originally written in 1952 but not published unti 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 1950s, the book 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. 130p.

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Borroughs's second novel, this was written in 1952 but not released until 1985. Set in early 1950s Mexico, the autobiographical story follows recovering junkie William Lee (Kerouac heads know that Burroughs appears as Bull Lee in a number of Jack's books) as he bar hops with other ugly American expatriates. Lee falls in love with another man, which leads to his downfall. This 25th-anniversary edition restores previously deleted passages and includes notes on the text and the author's original intro. Mike Rogers, "Classic Returns," Booksmack! 10/7/10 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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