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by William S. Burroughs

eBook Nova Express epub
  • ISBN: 0394171039
  • Author: William S. Burroughs
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Subcategory: Science Fiction
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Grove Press (September 1992)
  • ePUB size: 1772 kb
  • FB2 size 1660 kb
  • Formats lrf lit azw lrf


Other Works by William S. Burroughs Published by Grove Press. Junky: The Definitive Text of Junk. William S. Burroughs.

Other Works by William S. Naked Lunch: The Restored Text.

Burroughs identifies Nova Express as the third of three books, but this is a trilogy beginning with Naked Lunch and excluding The Ticket-an omission that turns out to be crucial for understanding the trilogy. Contrary to the history of publication-in which Nova Express appeared in November 1964, almost two years after The Ticket-Burroughs had in fact written almost all of Nova Express, including this passage, months before he even began The Ticket.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. The Soft Machine introduced us to the conditions of a universe where endemic lusts of the mind and body pray upon men.

Nova Express is a 1964 novel by American author William S. It was written using the 'fold-in' method, a version of the cut-up method, developed by Burroughs with Brion Gysin, of enfolding snippets of different texts into the novel. It is part of The Nova Trilogy, or "Cut-Up Trilogy,' together with The Soft Machine and The Ticket That Exploded. Burroughs considered the trilogy a "sequel" or "mathematical" continuation of Naked Lunch.

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Nova Express appeared in the collection The Soft Machine, Nova Express, and The Wild Boys: Three Novels, published as a Black Cat Book in 1980 and an Evergreen Book in 1988.

Nova Express takes William S. Burroughs’s nightmarish futuristic tale one step further. The Soft Machine introduced us to the conditions of a universe where endemic lusts of the mind and body pray upon men, hook them, and turn them into beasts

Nova Express takes William S. The diabolical Nova Criminals-Sammy The Butcher, Green Tony, Iron Claws, The Brown Artist, Jacky Blue Note, Izzy The Push, to name only a few-have gained control and plan on wreaking untold destruction. The Soft Machine introduced us to the conditions of a universe where endemic lusts of the mind and body pray upon men, hook them, and turn them into beasts. Nova Express takes William S. Burroughs’s nightmarish future one step beyond The Soft Machine. The diabolical Nova criminals have gained control and plan on wreaking untold destruction. It’s up to Inspector Lee of the Nova Police to attack and dismantle the word-and-imagery machine of these control addicts before it’s too late.

Nova Express takes William S. Burroughsâ?s nightmarish future one step beyond The Soft Machine. The diabolical Nova criminals have gained control and plan on wreaking untold destruction. Itâ?s up to Inspector Lee of the Nova Police to attack and dismantle the word-and-imagery machine of these “control addictsâ? before itâ?s too late.
Comments: (7)
Tegore
The novel NOVA EXPRESS by William Burroughs carries a special kind of absurdity. The cut-up method works to find some deeper meaning in the societal virus known as 'language.' And it is quite virulent here. There are many times when I can hardly picture what he's illustrating. That being said, the moments when I can are just so brilliant, even the unreadable sections are instantly forgiven.

William Gibson (NEUROMANCER) once described Burroughs' writing skills akin to meeting the 'only person who can play steel guitar.' Even half a sentence by the writer can infect you with an urge to write his way, crack jokes his way, denounce freaky conspiracies his way, et cetera~

There was an interview when Burroughs described 'life' as a cup-up; The fragmentary sewing of hopping from one scene in everyday life to another. There are times here when I have to reread complete madness, and there is of course moments when he's simply building up a chapter, cementing the book's overall plot, and all that. But once you get smacked with one of his classic bone-chilling, gritty, anxious paragraphs, you'll be begging for something indecipherable. They hit hard, but you feel far wiser for reading them afterwards. I'd advise anyone who liked NAKED LUNCH to give NOVA EXPRESS a chance (or someone looking to completely derange their senses).
santa
This is Burroughs at his crazy best - writing in a cut-up mode, with much repetition and re-hashing of previous paragraphs into new ones which make less and less sense, but which, nonetheless provide a loose narrative about paranoid, drug-fueled, orgies of the sci-fi kind. He can almost be called a latter 20th century James Joyce for the way he plays with the language and his unique prose that goes all over the place but still, somehow, ends up going somewhere.
Breder
If you know what you are reading this book will blow your mind.
Jox
This is by far one of the most originally cool books I have ever read. More than a book, I would say the whole thing is a "literary experience."
Zainian
WS.B anything all day
Ballardana
GREAT WRITING...
Rrinel
Oh, this book is superb; thrilling. Burroughs' critique of media/information culture has never been more relevant (he even predicts, in 1964, the emergence of something that sounds very much like the Web - "more and more images in less space pounded down under the sex acts and torture ever took place anywhere"). Great chunks of the book function practically as a Machiavellian instruction manual on how those in power might use a stream of words and images to generate fear, passivity, and conflict in a human population.
Some of Burroughs' incisiveness may derive from his usage of the famous cut-up and fold-in techniques (using passages plagiarized / "sampled" from other texts, including psychology journals, newspapers, pulp science fiction and true crime texts, and literary sources like T. S. Eliot and Rimbaud) - when he uses these, he gets at a radical (if illogical) analysis of the source texts. The illogical / nonlinear structure that results might throw some, but to my mind, this fits in perfectly with the book's overall critique - if you believe that certain forms of language (and thought) are politically corrupted, as Burroughs does, then the answer may be to compose a text that exists outside of those structures. The result feels vital and exciting - it is practically a new way of thinking on the page - and Burroughs' ideas on how to resist and defeat "the machine" and the nova process are similarly thought-provoking and unexpected (they bring to light a spiritual (monastic) side of Burroughs that I hadn't been previously familiar with).
I read this book cover to cover when I was 17, something I felt to be an accomplishment. There's a narrative (sometimes) and striking, vivid language that you won't find anywhere else, but at times the fold-in method of writing, a technique designed to subvert the rational process of thought, yields paragraphs that are not merely irrational but garbled. They're just clumps of words pasted together at random (as far as I can tell). This is not a novel in any sense of the term, nor it is a story, but there are themes and images that perhaps could not be conveyed in a conventional framework.
Nova Express was extremely influential for me and has stayed with me for the last 30 years. I don't pretend to understand everything that Burroughs was trying to accomplish with this kind of writing, but if affected me in ways that are hard to explain.
If you are interested in experimental writing, surrealism, or non-linear narrative, you may want to give Burroughs a try. However if you're looking for a good, comfortable read, this isn't the place to get it.
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