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The Western Lands is a novel by William S. The final book of the trilogy that begins with Cities of the Red Night and continues with The Place of Dead Roadsits title refers to the western bank of the Nile Riverwhich in Egyptian mythology is the Land of the Dead. Inspired by the Egyptian Book of the DeadBurroughs explores the after-death state by means of dream scenarios, hallucinatory passages, talismanic magic, occultism, superstition, and his characteristic view of the nature of reality.

The prose shifts back and forth between Burroughs' characters and episodes clearly drawn from his own life. Autobiographical scenes include vignettes where Burroughs takes out evidence of amphetamine prescription bottles his mother gave him to sink with a large stone at the bottom of Lake Worth, Florida.

The bottles were evidence his Untitled - Controlled Collapse - Humanization Demo found in her grandson's, Burroughs' own son's, bedroom. While Burroughs is ankle deep in the water, his aged mother is stalling police investigators in her home.

The novel also dives backwards into ancient historygiving the plot a perspective on death that attempts to transcend Christian theology. Burroughs acknowledges being inspired by Norman Mailer 's Ancient Eveningsa novel about ancient Egypt set a thousand years before Christianity. Nevertheless, there are references to contemporary culture; for instance, Mick Jagger appears in some episodes. Despite the narrative challenge of the historical framework, the novel is often regarded as Burroughs' best late work and a gratifying culminating episode of the Cities trilogy.

According to The Guardianit is his best work after Naked Lunch. Bill Laswell 's band Material collaborated with Burroughs to produce the album Seven Soulswherein Burroughs recites passages exclusively from this book to musical accompaniment. The album was reissued in with three bonus remixes. Inan additional unreleased six remixes plus one previously released were introduced on the album The Road To The Western Lands.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the Gravenhurst album of the same name, see The Western Lands album. Cover of the Viking Press hardcover edition. Dewey Decimal. The Guardian and Media Limited Accessed 12 May BurroughsH. William S. Interzone Exterminator! Joan Vollmer wife William S. Burroughs Jr. Categories : American novels Novels by William S. Burroughs Viking Press books s novel stubs. Hidden categories: All stub articles. Namespaces Article Talk.

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