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Cities of the Red Night An opium addict is lost in the jungle young men wage war against an empire of mutants a handsome young pirate faces his execution and the world s population is infected with a radioactive epidemic These stories are woven together in a single tale of mayhem and chaos In the first novel of the trilogy continued in The Place of Dead Roads and The Western Lands, William Burroughs sharply satirizes modern society in a poetic and shocking story of sex, drugs, disease and adventure

About the Author: William S. Burroughs

William Seward Burroughs II, also known by his pen name William Lee February 5, 1914 August 2, 1997 was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer A primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author, he is considered to be one of the most politically trenchant, culturally influential, and innovative artists of the 20th century His influence is considered to have affected a range of popular culture as well as literature Burroughs wrote 18 novels and novellas, six collections of short stories and four collections of essays Five books have been published of his interviews and correspondences He also collaborated on projects and recordings with numerous performers and musicians, and made many appearances in films.He was born to a wealthy family in St Louis, Missouri, grandson of the inventor and founder of the Burroughs Corporation, William Seward Burroughs I, and nephew of public relations manager Ivy Lee Burroughs began writing essays and journals in early adolescence He left home in 1932 to attend Harvard University, studied English, and anthropology as a postgraduate, and later attended medical school in Vienna After being turned down by the Office of Strategic Services and U.S Navy in 1942 to serve in World War II, he dropped out and became afflicted with the drug addiction that affected him for the rest of his life, while working a variety of jobs In 1943 while living in New York City, he befriended Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, the mutually influential foundation of what became the countercultural movement of the Beat Generation.Much of Burroughs s work is semi autobiographical, primarily drawn from his experiences as a heroin addict, as he lived throughout Mexico City, London, Paris, Berlin, the South Americanand Tangier in Morocco Finding success with his confessional first novel, Junkie 1953 , Burroughs is perhaps best known for his third novel Naked Lunch 1959 , a controversy fraught work that underwent a court case under the U.S sodomy laws With Brion Gysin, he also popularized the literary cut up technique in works such as The Nova Trilogy 1961 64 In 1983, Burroughs was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and in 1984 was awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by France Jack Kerouac called Burroughs the greatest satirical writer since Jonathan Swift , a reputation he owes to his lifelong subversion of the moral, political and economic systems of modern American society, articulated in often darkly humorous sardonicism J G Ballard considered Burroughs to be the most important writer to emerge since the Second World War , while Norman Mailer declared him the only American writer who may be conceivably possessed by genius.Burroughs had one child, William Seward Burroughs III 1947 1981 , with his second wife Joan Vollmer Vollmer died in 1951 in Mexico City Burroughs was convicted of manslaughter in Vollmer s death, an event that deeply permeated all of his writings Burroughs died at his home in Lawrence, Kansas, after suffering a heart attack in 1997.

10 thoughts on “Cities of the Red Night

  1. Arthur Graham Arthur Graham says:

    Cities of the Red Night follows a dual narrative, slipping fluidly between the early 18th century exploits of a libertarian pirate crew, led by gunsmith Noah Blake, and the late 20th century private asshole Clem Snide hired to find the decapitated remains of one Jerry Green victim apparent of a bizarre hanging sex cult It is worth noting that hanging and the sp

  2. Scott F Scott F says:

    An amazing roller coaster ride through the unconscious The main plot lines a pirate story, a detective story, a sci fi fantasy story run parallel at first, but frustrate any hopes of proceeding in a straightforward fashion they getandconfused, hazy, and collapse into one another, until eventually you have no idea what you re reading But this is misdirection, and here lie

  3. Mike Mike says:

    WSB doing bathhouse steampunk a cut up tale of boys, pirates and cowboys, queens, ejaculating weapons and wangs, private dicks and drugs all set in cities, deserts and jungles situated at various point in time and reality There isn t much in the way of character development, most of the players are adolescent in form as well as sexuality Theatrical throughout to the point of some

  4. Rhys Rhys says:

    Superb I have long been a devotee of the prose of William Burroughs This is perhaps his best novel and also one of his most accessible works There are passages near the end that arereminiscent of The Soft Machine in which the gestures of language and the images they contain or express have been fractured and reassembled in odd and confusing ways But those passages are incidental to the ma

  5. Andy Andy says:

    AIDS era Burroughs tale of a killer virus, pirate shenanigans and boys doing what boys do best guess After re reading it I kicked it up one star to four because it reminded me of Alejandro Jodorowsky and Dusan Makavejev movies from the early Seventies If you liked Holy Mountain or Sweet Movie you ll like this The plot is a dog s breakfast but I d read it in small spurts, yes spurts we need to use

  6. Angus McKeogh Angus McKeogh says:

    Extremely strange with loads of extraneous jabber tossed into the mix about naked boys, rectal mucus, and the like The narrative wasn t terrible but it bounced around so much it was nearly impossible to follow Some of Burroughs sautobiographical stuff is phenomenal i.e Junky Queer But this opener to a series is just too jumbled to be great Extremely strange with loads of extraneous jabber tossed into the m

  7. Robert Kaiser Robert Kaiser says:

    I loved Cities of the Red Night, as well as the Red Night trilogy as a whole I have been through the trilogy twice now, and plan on reading them all at least onetime When discussing literature with friends, I always tell them I think Bill Burroughs should be ranked up there with the greatest of American writers and that, if it weren t for the level of homophobia in this country, he would be considered the American

  8. Mike Kleine Mike Kleine says:

    There are times when you know something is probably good and you know others think its probably good and for some reason, you should probably read that something but no matter how many times you try, you just can t ever get over the mind fuck that ensues And yes, there are good mind fucks but sometimes, there are also bad mind fucks This one is a terrible mind fuck The premise is awesome lots of people are dying because of

  9. Mat Mat says:

    A Warning of the Faustian Decline to Come..and it has already started I m not sure why but this was a really enjoyable book to read over the summer Read this during the summer of 2011 Many criticisms have been levelled at this book However, I feel the reviewer of December 2, 2005 onin particular has hit the nail on the head It is not easy reading and is definitely not for the faint hearted or prudish As the above reviewer points out

  10. Perry Whitford Perry Whitford says:

    Virus 23 is a virulent and fatal disease which causes sexual frenzies and violent death, threatening to break out into a pandemic The virus has been latent since pre history, before the existence of white skinned peoples, caused by a meteorite black hole incident in the Gobi Desert, where peaceful townships suffered mutations when the radiation triggered the virus and turned paradise into The Cities of the Red Night.Burroughs, in an uncharac

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