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  • Published: 14 November 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241284636
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $35.00
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Naked Lunch


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A cultural landmark and the most shocking novel in the English language, Naked Lunch is an exhilarating ride into the darkest recesses of the human psyche.

A stunning clothbound edition of William S. Burroughs's cult classic, designed by the acclaimed Coralie-Bickford Smith.

Nightmarish and fiercely funny, William Burroughs' virtuoso, taboo-breaking masterpiece Naked Lunch follows Bill Lee through Interzone: a surreal, orgiastic wasteland of drugs, depravity, political plots, paranoia, sadistic medical experiments and endless, gnawing addiction. One of the most shocking novels ever written, Naked Lunch is a cultural landmark, now in a restored edition incorporating Burroughs' notes on the text, alternate drafts and outtakes from the original.
'A masterpiece. A cry from hell, a brutal, terrifying, and savagely funny book that swings between uncontrolled hallucination and fierce, exact satire' Newsweek
'Naked Lunch is a banquet you will never forget' J. G. Ballard

  • Pub date: 14 November 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241284636
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $35.00

About the Authors

William S Burroughs

William S. Burroughs was born in 1914. His first published novel was the largely autobiographical Junky, which remains a classic depiction of the constant cycle of drug dependency, cures and relapses he was victim to for most of his life. In 1951, in a drunken William Tell stunt, he accidentally shot and killed his common-law wife. He is most famous for his use of the 'cut-up' technique of writing and the novel Naked Lunch. His other major works included Queer, Exterminator! The 'Nova Trilogy' (The Soft Machine, Nova Express and The Ticket That Exploded) and the 'Red Night Trilogy' (Cities of the Red Night, The Place of Dead Roads and The Western Lands). He died in 1997.

Coralie Bickford-Smith

Coralie Bickford-Smith graduated from Reading University after studying Typography and Graphic Communication and works as a designer at Penguin Books UK. Her book covers have been recognised by the AIGA (NY) and D&AD (UK) and have featured in international magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, Vogue and The Guardian.


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