The Place of Dead Roads

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The Place of Dead Roads
Hardcover edition by Viking Press.
Author William S. Burroughs
Country United States
Language English
Series Cities of the Red Night trilogy
Publisher Viking Press
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages 306 pp
ISBN 0-03-070416-2
OCLC 9489103
813/.54 19
LC Class PS3552.U75 P54 1983
Preceded by Cities of the Red Night
Followed by The Western Lands

The Place of Dead Roads is a 1983 novel by William S. Burroughs, the second book of the trilogy that begins with Cities of the Red Night (1981) and concludes with The Western Lands (1987). It chronicles the story of a gay gunfighter in the American West, beginning with the gunfighter’s death in 1899, incorporates contrasting themes and time travel episodes, and makes use of Burroughs’ extensive knowledge of firearms. Non-linear in construction, it makes use of vivid imagery and repetition but does not employ the famous “cut-up” method of literary collage used in his earlier novels.