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Junky: The Definitive Text of 'Junk' (Penguin Modern Classics) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 6. November 2008

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"Reads today as fresh and unvarnished as it ever has."-Will Self on Junky

“Of all the Beat Generation writers, William S. Burroughs was the most dangerous. . . . He was anarchy’s double agent, an implacable enemy of conformity and of all agencies of control-from government to opiates.”—Rolling Stone

“The most important writer to emerge since World War II. . . . For his sheer visionary power, and for his humor, I admire Burroughs more than any living writer, and most of those who are dead.”—J.G. Ballard

“William was a Shootist. He shot like he wrote—with extreme precision and no fear.”—Hunter S. Thompson

“A book of great beauty . . . . Burroughs is the only American novelist living today who may conceivably be possessed by genius.” —Norman Mailer

“Ever since Naked Lunch . . . Burroughs has been ordained America’s most incendiary artist.”—Los Angeles Times

“Burroughs voice is hard, derisive, inventive, free, funny, serious, poetic, indelibly American.”—Joan Didion

“In 1953, at the height of American conformism and anti-communist hysteria, William S. Burroughs published Junky, an irresistible strung-out ode to the joys and perversities of drug addiction. . . . Junky eschews allegory for scrupulous realism. . . . More than anything else, Junky reads like a field guide to the American underworld.”—The Daily Beast

“Retro-cool, like something Don Draper might find in the Greenwich Village pad of that reefer-smoking painter he was seeing in the first season of Mad Men.”—Las Vegas Weekly on Naked Lunch

“A creator of grim fairy tales for adults, Burroughs spoke to our nightmare fears and, still worse, to our nightmare longings. . . . And more than any other postwar wordsmith, he bridged generations; popularity in the youth culture is greater now than during the heady days of the Beats.”—The Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Burroughs seems to revel in a new medium . . . a medium totally fantastic, spaceless, timeless, in which the normal sentence is fractured, the cosmic tries to push its way through the bawdry, and the author shakes the reader as a dog shakes a rat.”—Anthony Burgess on The Ticket That Exploded

“In Burroughs’ hands, writing reverts to acts of magic, as though he were making some enormous infernal encyclopedia of all the black impulses and acts that, once made, would shut the fiends away forever.”—The New York Times on The Ticket That Exploded

“Macabre, funny, reverberant, grotesque.”—The New York Review of Books on Nova Express

“Hypnotic; I wish I could quote, but it takes several pages to get high on this stuff. . . . Funny . . . outrageous along the lines of Burroughs’s well-established scatology. He can think of the wildest parodies of erotic exuberance and invent the weirdest places for demonstrating them.”—Harper’s Magazine on Nova Express

“One of the most interesting pieces of radical fiction we have.”—The Nation on The Soft Machine

“In Burroughs’ hands, writing reverts to acts of magic, as though he were making some enormous infernal encyclopedia of all the black impulses and acts that, once made, would shut the fiends away forever.”—The New York Times on The Wild Boys
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Burroughs' first novel, a largely autobiographical account of the constant cycle of drug dependency, cures and relapses, remains the most unflinching, unsentimental account of addiction ever written. Through junk neighbourhoods in New York, New Orleans and Mexico City, through time spent kicking, time spent dealing and time rolling drunks for money, through junk sickness and a sanatorium, "Junky" is a field report (by a writer trained in anthropology at Harvard) from the American post-war drug underground. A cult classic, it has influenced generations of writers with its raw, sparse and unapologetic tone. This definitive edition painstakingly recreates the author's original text word for word.

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"Junky" ist, wie die Bücher z.B. des in Deutschland bekannteren Charles Bukowski, ein Roman, der sich stark mit autobiographischem mischt und damit keine eigentliche Story hat, sondern eine Lebenssituation beschreibt. Wer somit eine traditionelle Geschichte erwartet, ist hier ganz klar fehl am Platz. Doch das Buch selbst ist definitiv lesenswert, wenn einem solch ein Ansatz liegt und man ein Buch über die damalige Zeit, das Gefühl, Heroin und die Abhängigkeit davon lesen möchte. Hier spielt es alle Stärken aus.
Burroughs beschreibt, wie man sich fühlt, reagiert, denkt, was einem antreibt (oder eben nicht) und wie einen das alles verändert. Hierbei ist er schonungsloser als viele vergleichbare Literatur, verfällt nicht in Beschönigungen oder moralisiert vor sich hin. Glücklicherweise schreibt er dabei sehr anschaulich, klar und kraftvoll.

Sollte man Interesse an weiteren Büchern haben, würde ich gerade "Junky" zuerst empfehlen, da man hier seine Basis mitbekommt und somit weitere Werke einfacher zu lesen sind. Ich würde auch diese englische Ausgabe empfehlen, gerade wegen der Sprachkraft, aber auch, weil man hier das Englisch in einem Slang bekommt, den man sicher nicht in der Schule gelernt hat.

"Junky'" bringt einem die Welt auf eine andere Weise näher, man lernt dadurch zu verstehen, wie jemand in H-Abhängigkeit handelt, dazu noch eine Einführung in einen Jargon, der noch bei "Trainspotting" Jahrzehnte später in Verwendung ist.
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If you enjoy the beatnik authors, you'll love Burroughs. You should read Junky first; think of it as a textbook guide to Burroughs. Having read Junky everything else of his will make sense. Junky describes Burroughs so well the only way you could get to know him better would be to actually have met him. Remember in reading this book that it is actually more of a autobiography than anything else. Junky explains how it is to be addicted to junk and have it run your life. Once you have read Junky move on to the Naked Lunch or Queer... both will make sense after Junky.
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Junky is the kind of novel that you cannot read until you abandon all pretenses. Forget for a moment that this was Burroughs' first book, put aside the fact that he was himself a junky, and put your personal opinions of drug use and abuse, as well as Burroughs himself, on hold. The attempt made by Junky as a piece of art is to honestly and fairly put forward an in-depth look at a side of American life that was virtually overlooked until its publication. The novel delves very deeply into a world that, though many would rather ignore it all together, has gotten progressively worse to this day.
Junky offers a detailed account of a drug addict's entrance into the seedy underworld, his daily search for a fix, the shady characters he must rely on, and the suffering he experiences while trying to fix himself. The purpose is to fully immerse the reader in the world of a man engulfed in addiction.
The hero is actually an intelligent man, who immediately recognizes the risk taken in his experiments with narcotics. He also realizes, although a little too late, the fact that he has become an addict himself, and now needs the drug for basic survival. He is also rational. He recognizes his dismal circumstances, but also recognizes his guilt in the matter, and in no way tries to gain sympathy from the reader. The hero is aware of what he has done to himself, and does nothing to deny his responsibility.
Junky in no way glamorizes drug use; on the contrary, in the sections that describe heroin as appealing, Burroughs is showing the immeasurable control the drug has quietly acquired over the user, distorting the addict's perception of what is happening to him.
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One of the most influential novels of the 20th century. In the book, Burroughs develops his writing talent and positions himself as a major figure of the beatnik generation. I prefer Keruac writings, as less cynical pieces. The darkness of the facts, that Burroughs presents is not for light-hearted souls. But one cannot ignore the quality and the talent of the writer.
Besides that, the book was in good shape, very cheap and came very soon. Therefore, 5 stars. It was a buy worth doing.
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Burroughs' writing here is a unique and successful blend of autobiography and detached journalism, unprecedented for that time. The prologue gives Junky an air of authenticity from the outset as the author briefly describes his childhood before plunging into this narrative of a journey - teeming with colorful low-life characters - from the Midwest to New York to Texas to New Orleans, a farm in the Rio Grande Valley, & finally Mexico in his relentless pursuit of the heroin trip.
There is a certain aloofness in the style, giving the reader the impression that you're only witness to a restricted part of the protagonist's experiences. For example, the text makes vague references to his wife who obviously journeyed and indulged with him, but no more is told of her, poor Joan. Although "Queer', which is a more rounded novel, filled in many pieces of the jigsaw, it was only upon reading Ellis Amburn's "The Subterranean Kerouac," that this novel finally made sense and I began to see a fuller picture of Burroughs, his wife and their contemporaries. Anyway, this is a piece of brilliant writing on many levels. The book concludes with a glossary of "junk lingo" or "jive talk" - so that's what the BeeGees were singing about?
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