New York

William S. Burroughs

Tony Shafrazi Gallery

Of all the American novels to be published since the end of World War II, William S. Burroughs has written some of the most powerful. His most famous are Junkie (1953) and Naked Lunch (1959), but since then he has written nearly a dozen more among his thirty-odd books, including the trilogy Cities of the Red Night (1981), The Place of Dead Roads (1984), and The Western Lands (1987). In The Western Lands, Burroughs offers a succinct summary of his provocative, searing vision: “The road to the Western Lands is by definition the most dangerous road in the world, for it is a journey beyond Death, beyond the basic God standard of Fear and Danger.”

Burroughs has been giving himself all the permission he has needed to be on the road to the Western Lands. He began crashing through the barriers of “fear and danger” when he wrote Junkie, which was based on his experiences as a drug addict; and he

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