Born OTD in 1914, American writer and visual artist, William S. Burroughs. Burroughs was a primary figure of the Beat Generation & a major postmodernist author whose influence is considered to have affected a range of popular culture as well as literature. 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.

The Soft Machine

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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