Cities of the Red Night


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An opium addict is lost in the jungle; young men wage war against an empire of mutants; a handsome young pirate faces his execution; and the world's population is infected with a radioactive epidemic. These stories are woven together in a single tale of mayhem and chaos. In the first novel of the trilogy continued in The Place of Dead Roads and The Western Lands, William Burroughs sharply satirizes modern society in a poetic and shocking story of sex, drugs, disease and adventure.

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Oct 30, 2007

Some of Burroughs best work.

This is an excellent place to start for people wanting to get into Burroughs. It features many elements that have come to define Burroughs, rampant drug abuse, erotic hangings, shifting timelines with multiple plots, and lots of homosexual activity. In this novel, however, it is presented in the most coherent, digestible, compelling way that I have read from Burroughs. My favorite book of his.

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