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Jed Birmingham on William S. Burroughs Collecting. Published by Auerhahn Press in , The Exterminator is one of the forgotten texts of. In one of the earliest book-length critical studies of WSB’s work, the excellent William Burroughs: The Algebra of Need, Eric Mottram writes that “Exterminator! is a. San Francisco, CA: The Auerhahn Press, First Edition. Softcover. Inscribed & Signed by William S. Burroughs to Donald L. Kaufmann. William.

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From what I understand The Exterminator! I’m not sure, and I don’t really mind.

Exterminator! by William S. Burroughs

Joan Vollmer wife William S. I do not care for how hard it is to follow.

There are no heroes in Burroughs’ books. A primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author, he is considered to be “one of the most politically trenchant, culturally influential, and innovative artists of the 20th century”. Audrey is the writer or, perhaps more appropriately, the creator — and one can assume that he is ultimately the narrator who is ultimately Burroughs. It is not to be confused with The Exterminatoranother collection of stories Burroughs published in in collaboration with Brion Gysin.

Jul 28, Roof Beam Reader Adam rated it liked it. No trivia or quizzes yet. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

I felt like saying, “ok William, we get the point”. Oct 25, Jakk Makk rated it did not like it. Yes, but dear god is it ugly.

A perfect servant suddenly reveals himself to be the insidious Dr. View all 8 comments. He left home in to attend Harvard University, studied English, and anthropology as a postgraduate, and later attended medical school in Vienna. Want to Read saving…. Also, these pieces were published in the late sixties. Interviews with William S. So I stayed away from Burroughs for a couple decades until Tadpole and a couple others mentioned his work in a positive light.


It’s difficult to say for sure. I’m not reluctantly pretending I dislike it for external reasons; it’s genuinely, authentically cringe inducing and awful. Apparently an “experimental novel”, though it reads more like a collection of vaguely-connected short stories with a vague sense of progression. See 1 question about Exterminator! Jack Kerouac called Burroughs the “greatest satirical writer since Jonathan Swift”, a reputation he owes to his “lifelong subversion” of the moral, political and economic systems of modern American society, articulated in often darkly humorous sardonicism.

It was a very fun read, and full of surprises – a guide for efficient life habits, pornography that explodes the faces of FBI agents, police brutality at a student protest and gay youths tran My first Burroughs, but given his reputation I had a good idea of what to expect, and I was proven mostly right.


Probably burrughs most awkward book I have ever read. Lists with This Book. So why two stars? Burroughs wrote 18 novels and novellas, six collections of short stories and four collections of essays.

Manageable, entertaining Burroughs hallucinations. Puposeful ignorance of all punctuation. Sep 28, Chris rated it did not like it. The literary style is complete confusion and chaos. Be the first to discover new talent! One of the best burrohghs layman critics of modern society without much philosophizing.

Though the stories are bleak — offering little hope for or admiration of humanity, particularly America- they wiilliam assert the hope, however bizarrely, that people will discover and maintain their own unique individualities. Any platform that does not propose the basic changes necessary to correct these glaring failures is a farce.

I would not recommend this book to anyone, burrougus to the adventurous reader with a particular bent no pun intended for the weird and the experimental. Early editions label the book a novel.


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Excellent collection of short stories showcasing some of the author’s best work. At the time, this was an accurate portrayal of American political paranoia and hysteria.

Al Jorgensen was a fan. I guess Burroughs’s writing was too smart for me to figure out overall. The bit on the discipline of Bureoughs begged to be expanded on, the language is often startlingly vivid even in the shitty sections, of course and I was still stopped in my tracks by “Do you begin to see there is exterminxtor face there in the tarnished mirror? It read much more like poetry to me than it did a novel. And the fact that exterimnator once had a job as rat and insect Exterminator is something like crazy.

Well, I could see someone trying to imitate Burroughs by stringing together nonsense and curse words but Burroughs is much smarter and more controlled than any imitators. This page was last edited on 13 Octoberat In my defence, I studied science and not a literature and I am sure that others find this book to be a work of literary genius, but I am not Okay, this book was seriously confusing and I had to force myself through it.

Money is like junk. Short stories, seemingly unrelated but with same motives, put in a different time and space. To ask other readers questions about Exterminator! I can only give it 2.

These days I hate to say, it might be slightly more ‘real’, well for me at least as I sit in an office in Tokyo and write this.