Burroughs’ first novel, a largely autobiographical account of the
constant cycle of drug dependency, cures and relapses, remains the
most unflinching, unsentimental account of addiction ever written.
Through junk neighbourhoods in New York, New Orleans and Mexico
City, through time spent kicking, time spent dealing and time
rolling drunks for money, through junk sickness and a sanatorium,
Junky is a field report (by a writer trained in anthropology at
Harvard) from the American post-war drug underground. A cult
classic, it has influenced generations of writers with its raw,
sparse and unapologetic tone. This definitive edition painstakingly
recreates the author’s original text word for word.