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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

The Place of Dead Roads by William S. Burroughs, published in 1983, is the second book of the trilogy that begins with Cities of the Red Night and concludes with The Western Lands. It chronicles the story of a homosexual gunfighter in the American West. In convoluted fashion it begins with the gunfighter’s death in 1899, incorporates contrasting themes and time travel episodes, and makes use of Burroughs’ love for and extensive knowledge of firearms. By no means linear in construction, it creates an assault on the senses through vivid imagery and repetition but does not employ the famous “cut-up” method of literary collage or montage used in his earlier novels.

The name is also that of a London-based Indie rock band.

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