The Soft Machine


In this surreal, savage sequel to ‘Naked Lunch’, Burroughs’ famous cut-up technique, the slicing and random folding in of words, was fully developed, transforming the narrative into a new form of prose poetry.

ISBN: 9780141189789 Author: Burroughs, William S. Publisher: Penguin Classics Publication Date: 22nd April 2014 Imprint: Penguin Classics Cover: Paperback Dewey: 813.54 (edition:23) Pages: liii, 272 Language: English Edition: Revised edition Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subject:

A terrifying, surreal space-age odyssey, The Soft Machine initiated Burroughs’ Cut-Up Trilogy that includes Nova Express and The Ticket That Exploded. The book draws the reader into an unmappable textual space, where nothing is true and everything is permitted, to make a total assault on the colonising powers of planet earth that have turned us all into machines.

Edited and introduced by renowned Burroughs scholar Oliver Harris, this new edition clarifies for the first time the extraordinary history of The Soft Machine‘s writing and rewriting, demolishing the myths of Burroughs’ chance-based writing methods and demonstrating for a new generation the significance of his greatest experiment.

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