The Ticket That Exploded

The Ticket That Exploded

William Burroughs

A prophetic vision of a world in which technology has gone haywire, ‘The Ticket That Exploded’ continues the adventures of Agent Lee in his mission to investigate and subvert the methods of mind control being used by The Nova Mob. Experimental, unnerving and compelling in equal measure, this is a completely original work of science fiction and a gripping moral and political fable from post-war America’s most controversial and influential writer. This is the second novel in Burroughs’s classic ‘Cut-Up Trilogy’, following ‘The Soft Machine’ and preceding ‘Nova Express’.

Reviews of The Ticket That Exploded

    • ‘As filthy and boggling as it was in 1968 – would he get away with it today?’ Time Out
    • ‘The fold-in technique gives excellent comic and satiric results…cleverly combines the raw energy of lowbrow spy- and science-fiction with the brutal unfamiliarity of hardcore pornography.’ Spectator
    • ‘He has a savage sense of comedy and a cleverly educated ear for the haunting casual phrase.’ Scotsman
    • ‘In Mr Burroughs’s hands, writing reverts to acts of magic, as though he were making some enormous infernal encyclopaedia of all the black impulses and acts that, once made, would shut the fiends away forever.’ New York Times
    • ‘His Swiftian vision of a processed, pre-packaged life, a kind of electro-chemical totalitarianism, often evokes the black laughter of hilarious horror.’ Playboy