William Burroughs: The Place of Dead Roads

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The Place of Dead Roads was published by Viking Press in 1983. It is the second book of a late Burroughs trilogy that began with Cities of the Red Night (1981) and ended with The Western Lands (1987). The Place of Dead Roads is an extension of the first book’s discussion of the need for new forms of collectivism as well as self-government. The book also explores supposed better forms of social organization that involve the construction of compounds to oppose the growth of central government. The narrative also claims that the creation of an underground force for liberation can help turn back the clock, as often occurs in Burroughs’ narratives, to retrieve the potentials of …

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Citation:
Weidner, Chad. "The Place of Dead Roads". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 December 2012
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