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Zachodnia kraina (The Red Night Trilogy #3)

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,497 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
Burroughs's eagerly awaited final novel in the trilogy begun with Cities of the Red Night and The Place of Dead Roads is a profound, revealing, and often astonishing meditation on mortality, loneliness, nuclear peril, and the inextinguishable hope for life after death.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published 2009 by Świat Książki (first published 1987)
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Arthur Graham
Mar 29, 2014 Arthur Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Western Lands wraps up the Red Night trilogy with a more involved look at the pilgrimage thereto, intercut with crosscurrents from the Egyptian Book of the Dead and remembrances from the author’s own life, the mass of which merges into a hallucinogenic exploration of the potentialities inherent in our concept of the great beyond. Part memoir, part attempt to provide closure to the impossibly sprawling mythology he’s created, this book feels doubly relevant as we watch the story and W.S.B. hi ...more
Phillip
William S. Burroughs is one of my visionary writers. That means I believe he did something like what the prophets did at one time. They saw and wrote things that were not entirely comprehensible, but those writings reveal things about life and were usually a critique of society. Other writers I consider to be in this category are Plato, William Blake, John Milton, Arthur Schopenhauer, Henry David Thoreau, J.R.R. Tolkien, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Philip K. Dick.

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Perry Whitford
Mar 10, 2016 Perry Whitford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The road to the Western Lands is by definition the most dangerous road in the world, for it is a journey beyond Death..."

In the world according to William Burroughs, even the afterlife is subject to governmental control. Just as the pharaohs attempted to monopolize immortality, so do our present day leaders, through petty, everyday controls and restrictions all the up to the deployment of the ultimate soul destroyer - the atom bomb.

Fighting the system is Margaras, the White Cat: a fearsome spi
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Levon
Jan 04, 2008 Levon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magical-sarcasm
More of a memoir than the final book of a trilogy. After reading The Place of Dead Roads and Cities of the Red Night I was slavering for the end of the series. From colonial privateerism, to manifest-destiny cowboys, this imagined sexual mystic outlaw history of the nationalistic push "west" or "out" and the counter-push "in" and against one's society would have a fascinating conclusion in the Egyptian struggle for immortality.

This book seriously lacks the kinetic intensity of its predecessors
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James Newman
Aug 15, 2014 James Newman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As with all of Burroughs work there are so many themes that could be expanded on and made into separate novels - if only the author lived to complete all his ideas.... The Western lands scatters across all of the author's interests, ancient Egypt, time travel, Arabian assassins, weapons, erotic imagery, medical manipulations... If I were to choose one theme, one novel, possibly extracted from this, his last major work, then it would be a novel based on the expedition to capture the giant centipe ...more
Mat
Sep 27, 2014 Mat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sheer genius.
As other reviewers have pointed out, the conclusion to the trilogy is not as sex-charged as the other novels. This is a real masterpiece. The narrative structure uses a blend of Egyptian mythology (Book of the Dead) and the craziness of a not-too-far-off world. Well, let's not hope not. So in this sense, I couldn't help but feel that Burroughs is writing this as a kind of warning.
I absolutely loved Cities of the Red Night and thought to myself at the time, 'There is no way Burroug
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DRM
Jun 08, 2015 DRM rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautiful book. Burroughs is much calmer here than in his famed Nova trilogy which actually makes his satire even sharper as he himself seems to be coming from a more stable position in his own life. Now he's more comfortable to transition into more straight forward digressions on mortality and Egyptian mythology musings. Not for everyone of course (being Burroughs, there are of course multiple sections with bizarrely graphic sexual violence and perhaps more information on centipede ve ...more
Nicholas
Jan 10, 2012 Nicholas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Overall I'd say this is one of the authors more accessible and entertaining works,and while still retaining an air of abstraction,temporal distortion and general twistedness it is markedly more coherent than his earlier fiction.The cut and paste technique along with copious amounts of gay sex and drug use are absent.
The themes dealt with include;Egyptian mythology,centipede worship,vampirism and toxicology.This is interspersed with stream of consciousness and dream recall writing that help to
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Cathal
The final volume of Burroughs' final trilogy is a rumination on death, mortality and immortality, morality and ethics, and freedom. The western lands of the title comes from Egyptian mythology, but as with the previous book, The Place of Dead Roads: A Novel, there is a lot of the American west here, as well. Burroughs is concerned with the journey, migration, movement, not content to sit still, and not satisfied with a heaven that can be achieved without struggle.
Razvan Zamfirescu
Tărîmurile Vestice este volumul care încheie trilogia Cut up. Aparuta în 1987, cartea este scrisă de un Burroughs bătrîn, “ajuns la capătul cuvintelor, a ceea ce se poate face din cuvinte”. Romanul este considerat testamentul lui Burroughs ceea ce nu este departe de adevăr, deoarece în aceste pagini poate fi aflat un Burroughs agonizînd, un Burroughs care încearcă să împace cu ajutorul cuvintelor îmbătrînirea cărnii şi toate durerile fizice si psihice cumulate pînă la această vîrstă.

Este cel mai
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Kirk Johnson
Dec 27, 2015 Kirk Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this, Burroughs' last book is easily one of his best, and in some ways, perhaps his very best. he was about 73 at the time. his friend and collaborator Brion Gysin had recently died at the time of publication, and this feels like Burroughs' summoning the grand energy for his last stand. the first half is - in his odd fashion - some of his most coherent writing, and builds on all before. perhaps the book gets a bit scattered after that, as if he were pulling some final passages from old notebooks ...more
Jamie
Jan 01, 2013 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bill Burroughs exercises the aging writer's motif of confronting one's mortality here, using his Cities of the Red Night and Ancient Egyptian polytheism as a vehicle. He's still out to euthanize bigots and the ilk, but less pointedly. Rather, this is more of an autobiography that takes significant license with the medium. An enjoyable experiment.

Thing is, whenever I read Burroughs, I can't help but hear his broken voice in that offbeat pace, and it scares the bejesus outta me.
Del Herman
Jun 13, 2014 Del Herman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
William S. Burroughs is the type of writer that can write the same thing again and again but present it to you in a way that is so indescribably unique and compelling that you can't help being sucked in. All of his books concentrate on death, occultist concepts, and what he is perhaps best known for: sex and drugs. Yet each book of his comes off without the slightest trace of repetitiveness, each survives as their own entity, amazing in its own sort of way.

The Western Lands is a book that sank i
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Nicolai
Aug 08, 2010 Nicolai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
His most beautiful/eloquent prose and a great ending to the late trilogy
Matt
Jun 12, 2009 Matt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoy books with purpose, don't waste your time.
Jessica
Feb 05, 2008 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beat-literature
Burroughs' 70-year old, incoherent rambling.
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Okay, I admit it - I read this series in the wrong order. The Western Lands is the final book in Burroughs' notorious 'Red Night' trilogy, and yet it's the first Burroughs novel that I read. It's typical of the majority of his work - difficult to read, but even more difficult to put down, with a rambling, disjointed narrative that's probably partly down to his experiments with morphine.

Interestingly enough, the novel is heavily influenced by Ancient Egyptian mythology - in particular, the legend
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Jim
Mar 03, 2016 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel concludes the trilogy begun in Cities of the Red Night and The Place of the Dead Roads, neither of which I've read. The title refers to the place in ancient Egyptian mythology where souls journeyed in search of immortality. Characters from Burroughs's earlier works reappear. No discernible plot. Fractured time sequence. Dreamlike narrative. Typical Burroughs.
Sean
Feb 21, 2013 Sean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a re-read of this novella, and I am glad for having done so. There is, as always, a thread which underpins most of Burroughs' works. The control idea and the idea that there is a cabal of the wealthy and powerful who are working not at all in the best interest of the rest of us are both in this work.
There is a section where Burroughs is propounding the age old concept of the journey to the Western Lands as being a quest for immortality. In this section he says,

*"How long does it take a
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Hamletmaschine
Apr 30, 2008 Hamletmaschine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Mi primera lectura de este libro fue a los 16 años, y de vez en vez se ha repetido. La penúltima s...more Mi primera lectura de este libro fue a los 16 años, y de vez en vez se ha repetido. La penúltima sucedió antes del año 2000 y ahora he vuelto a releerlo.

Siempre he considerado que este fue el primer libro de literatura dura al que tuve acceso.

En esta nueva visita he encontrado un texto quintaesencial, testamentario. No es un producto de madurez, sino de conciencia lúcida hacia la muerte.

Aq
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George Ilsley
Burroughs wrote a number of similar book: Cities of the Red Night, etc. Only later were they presented as part of a series. The Western Lands of one of WSB's best, and represents a type of culmination and distillation.
Shaun
Mar 08, 2014 Shaun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite possibly my favorite book of this trilogy. Burroughs has never shied away from attacking organized religion, and he does so more than ever here. Structurally, the book reminded me of Naked Lunch.
Anna
Thought-provoking medley of fiction, autobiography, mythology, egyptology, religion and science fiction. A journey of the seven souls to The Western Lands.
Christopher Erickson Special Forces
The greatest work of American fiction, of all time.
Emer Bruce
Feb 03, 2014 Emer Bruce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome!
Check out the music track - Western Lands by Material.
Sebastian
Very funny in the early going but becomes less so as it goes along. One would think a man of Burroughs' intelligence
would have reconciled to the extinction that is death. Still his treatment of the Egyptian Book of the Dead is interesting and entertaining.Ran on a little too long I thought.
tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE
The last of, & my least favorite of the Western Trilogy (does anybody other than me call it that? I think so.. but it's been a long time since I've thought about it one way or t'other). I just remember this one as a bit feeble, running out of ideas, reiterating (kindof like these weak capsule reviews of mine but better!). Writers writing themselves into immortality.
Michinio Camorelli
Cumulative book in the series, which keeps the same pace, the same psychotic atmosphere, the same writing style, almost the same characters and the same quality!

... however, exactly because it is "the same", this books is juuuuuuuust little bit... not boring, but still lacks of freshness.
Phillip
Aug 24, 2007 Phillip rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant novel, doesn't quite resonate with me the same way that Place of Dead Roads did, but a great collection of utterances from the mad genius on his quest for immortality, a phenomena he has conceivably achieved.
With his later works, the more you read them, the better they get.
Whit Hodges
best read on your deathbed, or some similar mattress. somehow (with a drug cocktail) i cracked the code, once, and even if you don't it's an amazing book. anyone who doesn't respect burroughs, at least this book and the other two in the trilogy, is a piece of envious dogshit.
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William Seward Burroughs II, (also known by his pen name William Lee; February 5, 1914 – August 2, 1997) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer. A primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author, he is considered to be "one of the most politically trenchant, culturally influential, and innovative artists of the 20th century ...more
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