Monday, June 29, 2009

Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs

Naked Lunch is a book about heroin addiction written, supposedly, while under that drug's influence. It is a series of often incoherent hallucinatory images of human degradation. Throughout the novel there are deliberately vulgar and graphic images of disease, of mutilation and of bizarre sex acts. In mid-book, however, there emerges a quite lucid satire on the various forms of political control. Burroughs sees drug addiction as a metaphor for totalitarianism, saying the only result of control is a desire for more control.

My full review can be found here.