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Jed appraises The Exterminator, a key work that presents Burroughs at the dawn of his most radically experimental period. In one of the earliest book-length critical studies of WSB’s work, the excellent William Burroughs: The Algebra of Need, Eric Mottram writes that Exterminator! is a. San Francisco, CA: The Auerhahn Press, First Edition. Softcover. Inscribed & Signed by William S. Burroughs to Donald L. Kaufmann. William.

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Burroughs really captured the cruel reality of people real motives and multiplied that with images of potentized horror that will make you nauseus but also aware of his thoughts.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Re-reading it now, which I did over the course of a few days commuting on the subway and bus, I didn’t get as caught up in it as before and before Burroughs or anyone exterminstor I used to have this down as a five star book.


Exterminafor my defence, I studied science and not a literature and I am sure that others find this book to be a work of literary genius, but I am not that person.

There are no heroes in Burroughs’ books. Science-fantasy wars, racism, corporate capitalism, drug addiction, and various medical and psychiatric horrors extreminator play their parts in this mosaiclike, experimental novel.

Early editions label the book a novel. Jul 24, Matty Lehn rated it it was ok.


EXTERMINATOR! by William S. Burroughs | Kirkus Reviews

Milner rated it liked it. The Yage Letters William S. The title story extfrminator about an insect exterminatora job Burroughs himself once held.

The machinery is laid bare.

Puposeful ignorance of all punctuation. Burroughs at his coruscating and hilarious best. But Burroughs also cast his anthropological-satiric eye over the local regimes The Final Journals of William S. The closest to a short story collection by the cranky and hysterical William S. In this work, Burroughs’ parody becomes a set of rationales and instructions for destabilizing the state and overthrowing an oppressive and corrupt government. I caught myself wondering whether some Americans might not be offended by the grotesque picaresque send-ups of American society which Burroughs creates in these short stories.

Burroughs himself, though not completely devoid of racist tendencies, is not the super-racist, super-cynical Moe Szyslak the characters and narrators of this book clearly are. From what I understand The Exterminator!

Nov 25, Hakim rated it really liked it Shelves: Amazing what organizing into chapters does. Go for it if you’re up for it, but if you think it’s not your thing, you’re probably right. Or do they see his sardonic humour as a grave warning of impending danger?

Jul 28, Roof Beam Reader Adam rated it extedminator it. He also collaborated on projects and recordings with numerous performers and musicians, and made many appearances in films. Much of Burroughs’s work is semi-autobiographical, primarily drawn from his experiences as a heroin addict, as he lived throughout Mexico City, London, Paris, Berlin, the South American Amazon and Tangier in Morocco. This article about a collection of short stories is a stub.


I appreciate poetry when I know i Not a fan. Also, these pieces were published in the late sixties. Some are more disjointed than others; one recounts the democratic convention Burroughs spent alongside Jean Genet. He was born to a wealthy family in St.

Though the stories are bleak — offering little hope for or admiration of humanity, particularly America- they also assert the hope, however bizarrely, that people will discover and maintain their own unique individualities.

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I have to say, I was a little disappointed, in that, what I thought was a novella was actually loosely connected vignettes, that at times made little to no sense. See 1 question about Exterminator! View all 8 comments. Okay, this book was seriously confusing and I had to force myself through it. However, some of them were quite good, and I like how Burroughs writes about his time in Chicago.

Well, I could burrouhs someone trying to imitate Burroughs by stringing together nonsense and curse words but Burroughs is much smarter and more controlled than any imitators. Conspirators plot to explode a train carrying nerve gas.