BURROUGHS, William S.
Title: Western Lands. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher:  Viking, New York, 1987, ISBN:0670813524
Seller ID: 109483
BURROUGHS, William S. The Western Lands. A novel. (New York): Viking, (1987). First Printing. Pp. (12),1-258,(2). 8vo, green cloth spine with black paper covered boards, copper and black lettering to spine, decorated endpapers. "In this novel, Burroughs completes a trilogyt that began with 'Cities of the Red Night' and 'The Place of Dead Roads', with a profound, revealing and often astounding meditation on the themes of mortality, loneliness, nuclear peril -- and the inextinguishable hope for an existence beyond bodily death. The symbolic vehicle Burroughs uses here is ancient Egyptian mythology, a long-standing interest of his. 'The Western Lands' of the title are the territory to which the Egyptians believed thes ouls of the dead made a hazardous pilgrimage in their quest for true immortality. The questers -- Joe the Dead, Kim Carsons, the scribe Neferti, Hassan i Sabbah, the Old Man of the Mountain -- travel through an unmistakably Burroughs-esque universe of appalling danger and otherworldly beauty -- now the back alleys of ancient Egypt, now bombed-out Berlin, now the Old West of the shootists. Their hallucinatory journeys express the author's belief that only throug facing the most extreme dangers and testing the possibilities of biological mutationcan man escape a dead-end world of blasted dreams and atomic finale." - fr om the dustjacket. Name to flyleaf, else very good in unclipped dustjacket.30.00