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The definitive 25th-anniversay edition of Burroughs's legendary second novel.

Originally written in 1952 but not published till 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 fifties, Queer 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, Queer is also a novel with a history of secrets, as this new edition reveals.

About the Author

William S. Burroughs, widely recognized as one of the most culturally influential and innovative artists of the twentieth century, is the author of Junky, Naked Lunch, and Interzone, among other works.

Leading Burroughs textual scholar and critic, Oliver Harris edited The Letters of William S. Burroughs 1945-1959 and Penguin's fiftieth-anniversary edition of Junky.

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coffee241, October 24, 2014 (view all comments by coffee241)
From what I know, this book is one of William S. Burroughs' lesser-known works, and is overall an engaging piece of queer fiction (no pun intended). A prominent theme throughout the story is unrequited affections, and I especially enjoyed the imagery Burroughs used to describe the protagonist's reactions as he dealt with the pains of subtle and not-so-subtle rejection.
This was the first book I read by Burroughs, so I didn't know what to expect...but if this novel is any indication, I will most definitely check out his other work.
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coffee241, October 24, 2014 (view all comments by coffee241)
From what I know, this book is one of William S. Burroughs' lesser-known works, and is overall an engaging piece of queer fiction (no pun intended). A prominent theme throughout the story is unrequited affections, and I especially enjoyed the imagery Burroughs used to describe the protagonist's reactions as he dealt with the pains of subtle and not-so-subtle rejection.
This was the first book I read by Burroughs, so I didn't know what to expect...but if this novel is any indication, I will most definitely check out his other work.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143117834
Author:
Burroughs, William S
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Editor:
Harris, Oliver
Author:
Burroughs, William S.
Author:
Harris, Oliver
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Gay
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-Gay Fiction
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20100831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.68x5.34x.57 in. .37 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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