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William Burroughs writes "...in this life we have to take things as we find them as the torso murderer said when he discovered his victim was a quadruple amputee."
It was 1951 Mexico City when William S Burroughs, fledgling author and heroin addict, accidentally shot and killed his wife, Joan, in a drunken re-enactment of the story of William Tell. The experience sparked a creative awakening which produced masterpieces of Beat Generation literature such as “The Naked Lunch” and “The Soft Machine”.
Burroughs was hailed by Norman Mailer as "The only American novelist living today who may conceivably be possessed by genius", His works have been cited as a major influence by musicians such as Lou Reed, Joy Division, Tom Waits, Nick Cave and Kurt Cobain.