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Literature

The Place of Dead Roads – A William Burroughs Western Tale

In this William Burroughs Western novel that is truly a tale of the Wild (and we mean wild) West. It is a good old-fashioned shoot-out in the American West of the frontier days that serves as the springboard for this hyperkinetic adventure in which gunslingers, led by Kim Carson, fight for galactic freedom. The Place of Dead Roads is the second novel in the trilogy with Cities of the Red Night and The Western Lands.

The Place of Dead Roads - A William Burroughs Western TaleThe Place of Dead Roads is a 1983 novel by William S. Burroughs that chronicles the story of a gay gunfighter in the American West, beginning with the gunfighter’s death in 1899, incorporates contrasting themes and time travel episodes, and makes use of Burroughs’ extensive knowledge of firearms. Non-linear in construction, it makes use of vivid imagery and repetition but does not employ the famous “cut-up” method of literary collage used in his earlier novels.

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