The Soft Machine: The Restored Text

Version: Unabridged
Author: William S. Burroughs , Oliver Harris
Narrator: Ramiz Monsef
Genres: Science Fiction, Literature
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: May 2016
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours, 18 minutes
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In The Soft Machine, William S. Burroughs begins an adventure that will take us into the dark recesses of his imagination, a region where nothing is sacred, nothing taboo. Continuing his ferocious verbal assault on hatred, hype, poverty, war, bureaucracy, and addiction in all its forms, Burroughs gives us a surreal space odyssey through the wounded galaxies in a book only he could create.

A total assault on the powers that turn humans into machines by writing and fixing our life scripts, Burroughs’ original “cut-up” book was itself rewritten in three different forms. This new edition of The Soft Machine clarifies for the first time the extraordinary history of its writing and rewriting, demolishes the myths of his chance-based writing methods, and demonstrates for a new generation the significance of Burroughs’ greatest experiment.

“The voice in The Soft Machine is talking about time…[It] slips deliberately and frequently, sometimes ironically and sometimes not…rattles off elliptical allusions, throws away joke after outrageous joke, shifts gear in mid-sentence, never falters. It is precisely this voice—complex, subtle, allusive—that is the fine thing about The Soft Machine and about Burroughs.”—Joan Didion, New York Times bestselling author

Author Details

Author Details

Burroughs, William S.

William S. Burroughs was born in St. Louis in 1914. He is best-known work is 1959's "Naked Lunch"--which became the focus of a landmark 1962 Supreme Court decision that helped eliminate literary censorship in the United States. Described by Norman Mailer as one of America's few writers genuinely "possessed by genius," he died in 1997. His many other works include "Junky" and "The Place of Dead Roads" (Picador).

Harris, Oliver

Oliver Harris is a British academic and professor of American literature at Keele University in Staffordshire, UK. He is the author and editor of numerous books, including eight editions of works by William S. Burroughs