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'Junk is not, like alcohol or weed, a means to increased enjoyment in life. Junk is not a kick. It is a way of life.' Burrough's cult classic is a raw, semi-autobiographical account of drug addiction, which outraged America and influenced generations of writers to come. He relates with unflinching realism the highs and lows of dependency: euphoria, hallucinations, ghostly nocturnal wanderings and strange sexual encounters. Junky is a dark, powerful and mesmerizing account of one man's challenge to turn self-destruction into art.

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  • Paperback

    9780141045405

    June 29, 2009

    Penguin Press

    192 pages

    RRP $12.99

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Also by William S Burroughs

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Naked Lunch
The Place Of Dead Roads
Naked Lunch
The Ticket That Exploded
The Soft Machine
Rub Out The Words
Queer
Cities Of The Red Night
Nova Express
And The Hippos Were Boiled In Their Tanks
Interzone
Junky
The Wild Boys
Exterminator!
The Yage Letters
Exterminator!

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