The Naked Lunch by William S Burroughs - The British Library
The novel was first published by the Olympia Press in The Olympia Naked Lunch was also issued with a bright purple and white dust jacket, which survives in this copy. Burroughs influenced a new generation of science fiction writers in the s, including the British novelist J G Ballard. Except as otherwise permitted by your national copyright laws this material may not be copied or distributed further. Full catalogue details. Steve Cleary assesses some of the work that came out of their time abroad.
The book is structured as a series of loosely connected vignettes. Burroughs stated that the chapters are intended to be read in any order. The vignettes which Burroughs called "routines" are drawn from Burroughs' own experiences in these places and his addiction to drugs: heroin , morphine and, while in Tangier, majoun a strong hashish confection , as well as a German opioid with the brand name Eukodol oxycodone , of which he wrote frequently. Because of US obscenity laws ,  a complete American edition by Grove Press did not follow until It was titled Naked Lunch and was substantially different from the Olympia Press edition because it was based on an earlier manuscript in Allen Ginsberg 's possession.
It separates cultural conservatives from avant-gardists, social reactionaries from libertarians. Johnsons have a live-and-let-live, mind-their-own-business mentality. Shits have an uncontrollable need to pass judgment on and be right about everything.