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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Reissue edition (30 Mar 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140118829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140118827
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 712,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Burroughs was born in St Louis, Missouri in 1914. Immensely influential among the Beat writers of the 1950s - notably Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg - he already had an underground reputation before the appearance of his first important book, 'Naked Lunch'. Originally published by the daring and influential Olympia Press (the original publishers of Henry Miller) in France in 1959, it aroused great controversy on publication and was not available in the US until 1962 and in the UK until 1964. The book was adapted for film by David Cronenberg in 1991.

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William S. Burroughs was born on February 5, 1914 in St Louis. In work and in life Burroughs expressed a lifelong subversion of the morality, politics and economics of modern America. To escape those conditions, and in particular his treatment as a homosexual and a drug-user, Burroughs left his homeland in 1950, and soon after began writing. By the time of his death he was widely recognised as one of the most politically trenchant, culturally influential, and innovative artists of the twentieth century. His numerous books include Naked Lunch, Junky, Queer, Nova Express, Interzone, The Wild Boys, The Ticket That Exploded and The Soft Machine. After living in Mexico City, Tangier, Paris, and London, Burroughs finally returned to America in 1974. He died in 1997. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Aug 1997
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The death of William S. Burroughs has left a huge gap in our world. The Job is a fascinating, thought provoking, and telling collection of interviews. His insights into politics, sexuality, and America are unique and intelligently spoken. While The Job is a must read for any Burroughs fan, I am sure that anyone could glean something from his words. Certain critics may find the opinions that Burroughs shared to be absurd. I believe that Burroughs was a man who genuinely cared about the future of humanity. His words in The Job are a testament to this. Perhaps it is the value system of America that is becoming more and more absurd. "All knowledge is yours by right."
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By R. Lewis on 16 Sep 2013
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Very interesting book, has helped me a lot with my architectural studies and in general reading as well. Would recommend.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Dec 1997
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An excellent compendium of Bill Burrough's interests and obsessions. Mostly focusing on the totalitarian nature of nation-states, The Job gives you all at once Burroughs being interviewed, Burroughs straight prose and Burroughs gobbledygook. He also explains--clearly--why his books are written the way they are. I don't know if I've ever learned so much--or at the very least had so many of my perceptions radically altered--from such a thin tome. Highly recommended.
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