Place of Dead Roads

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A controversial reworking of well-trodden American myth by the author of ‘Naked Lunch’.

ISBN: 9780007341931 Author: Burroughs, William Publisher: FOURTH ESTATE Publication Date: 29th April 2010 Imprint: 4th Estate Cover: Paperback Dewey: 813.54 (edition:22) Pages: 272 Edition: Reprint Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subject:

A controversial reworking of well-trodden American myth by the author of ‘Naked Lunch’.

This surreal fable, set in America’s Old West, features a cast of notorious characters: The Crying Gun, who breaks into tears at the sight of his opponent; The Priest, who goes into gunfights giving his adversaries the last rites; and The Nihilistic Kid himself, Kim Carson, who, with a succession of beautiful sidekicks, sets out to challenge the morality of small-town America.

Fantastical and humorous, ‘The Place of Dead Roads’ continues William Burroughs’ exploration of society’s controlling forces – the State, the Church, women, literature, drugs – with a style that is utterly unique in twentieth-century literature.

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