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Yonki (Spanish Edition) (edition 1999)

by William S. Burroughs

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Title:Yonki (Spanish Edition)
Authors:William S. Burroughs
Info:Anagrama (1999), Paperback, 224 pàgines
Tags:lang:es, Literatura anglesa, autors nord-americans, Beat generation, Novel·la, Autobiografia, Drogues, Segle XX

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Junky by William S. Burroughs


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I'm not sure about why I like that book so much. It must be the dry tone, the gritty anecdotes, the series of sordid portraits, the unexpected digression about agriculture in the Rio Grande Valley...

In appendix of this new edition, you get the chapter 28 of the original "Junk" manuscript in which, among physical considerations (Reich's orgone theory) and chemical speculations, Burroughs explains the increased longevity observed among cases of opiate addiction by the cellular regeneration induced by detoxification:

«Most users periodically kicks the habit, which involves shrinking of the organism and replacement of the junk-dependent cells. (...) Perhaps the reason for the short life of the American business man is that he experience no cycle of shrinking and growth. (...) His life is a one-way process.» (p. 161) ( )
  Louis-Jean | Feb 20, 2015 |
This semi-autobiographical narrative was a very interesting read for the fact that it deals in depth with drug culture in a time that I was not even aware there was one. I also had absolutely no clue that Burroughs was from St. Louis. ( )
  bookwyrmm | Nov 21, 2014 |
I understand why people love this book, it wasn't for me. I don't necessarily have to have the beginning, middle, end plot standard, but I do need to feel that a story is going somewhere. This was just ramblings to me. It didn't work for me. I listened to the audiobook and didn't particularly love the narrator, either. ( )
  hollishter | Nov 10, 2014 |
Great book to understand better the life and psyche of an addict. It focuses solely on the addiction, drugs, and law but barely touches upon affects on relationships. ( )
  renbedell | Sep 3, 2014 |
A short, well written book, that honestly lays out the mental and physical strife junkies must deal with. Whether 50 years ago, today, or 50 years from now, this book carries a relevance that many will not, or cannot understand. Very worth an afternoon of your attention. ( )
  Pharis | Mar 30, 2014 |
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Allen GinsbergIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ginsberg, AllenForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harris, OliverEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lendínez, MartínTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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My first experience with junk was during the War, about 1944 or 1945.
I was born in 1914 in a solid, three-story, brick house in a large Midwest city. (Prologue)
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Originally published as Junkie under the name William Lee.
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Before his 1959 breakthrough, Naked Lunch, an unknown William S. Burroughs wrote Junk, his first book, a candid, eyewitness account of times and places that are now long gone. This book brings them vividly to life again; it is an unvarnished field report from the American postwar underground. For this definitive 50th-anniversary edition, eminent Burroughs scholar Oliver Harris has painstakingly re-created the author's original text, word by word, from archival typescripts. Here for the first time are Burroughs's own unpublished Introduction and an entire omitted chapter, along with many "lost" passages and auxiliary texts by Allen Ginsberg and others. Harris's comprehensive Introduction reveals the composition history of Junk's text and places its contents against a lively historical background.

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"Before his 1959 breakthrough, Naked Lunch, an unknown William S. Burroughs wrote Junk, his first novel. It is a candid eye-witness account of times and places that are now long gone, an unvarnished field report from the American post-war underground." "Unafraid to portray himself in 1953 as a confirmed member of two socially-despised under classes (a narcotics addict and a homosexual), Burroughs was writing as a trained anthropologist when he unapologetically described a way of life - in New York, New Orleans, and Mexico City - that by the 1940's was already demonized by the artificial anti-drug hysteria of an opportunistic bureaucracy and a cynical, prostrate media." "For this fiftieth-anniversary edition, eminent Burroughs scholar Oliver Harris has painstakingly recreated the author's original text, word by word, from archival typescripts and places the book's contents against a lively historical background in a comprehensive introduction. Here as well, for the first time, are Burroughs' own unpublished introduction and an entire omitted chapter, along with many "lost" passages, as well as auxiliary texts by Allen Ginsberg and others."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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