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william s. burroughs • blade runner: a movie • 40th anniversary edition

William S. Burroughs — Blade Runner: A Movie
William S. Burroughs — Blade Runner: A Movie— Tangerine Press
  • Three editions: paperback; 100 numbered & 26 lettered copies

READY TO SHIP MONDAY 18TH NOVEMBER!

40TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

In this trenchant science-fiction screen treatment written in the mid-1970s, William S. Burroughs outlines the coming medical-care apocalypse: a Dante-esque horror show brought to a boil by a mutated virus and right-wing politics, set in a future all too near.

"The fascination of  William Burroughs’ Blade Runner doesn’t end with the mystery of its title, but it certainly begins there. What crucial word is missing, and why did he give it the subtitle “a movie”? And which came first, Burroughs’ book or Ridley Scott’s more famous film? The answer to that one, of course, is neither."
—from the introduction by Oliver Harris

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY OLIVER HARRIS
Mr Harris is Professor of American Literature at Keele University and President of the European Beat Studies Network.

GERARD MALANGA
The paperback front cover features an image of Mr Burroughs by the legendary photographer/chronicler of counter cultural icons as Patti Smith, Velvet Underground, Sam Shepard, Edie Sedgwick, Andrea Feldman, Brion Gysin, etc. This image is also bound into the limited editions.

PETER BLEGVAD
Specially commissioned artwork by the renowned writer, illustrator, songwriter, broadcaster, teacher. Born in New York City, lives in London. Peter Blegvad’s cult comic strip Leviathan ran for seven years in The Independent on Sunday review. It was memorably described by Simpsons creator Matt Groening as “one of the greatest, weirdest things I’ve ever stared at”. Lettered copies only.

AVAILABLE IN THREE EDITIONS:

Paperback £9

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Numbered/signed £40

Lettered/signed/signed artwork £***

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First printing

£9 plus shipping

88 pages. Format approx. 7"/170mm wide x 10"/240mm tall. Colour cover; colour title page; acid-free text paper. Printed & bound in England. ISBN 978-1-910691-53-3

Front cover photo by GERARD MALANGA

100 Numbered/signed/artwork copies

£40 plus shipping

88 pages. Pinched Crown format, approx. 7”/175mm wide, 10”/250mm tall. Handbound at the Tangerine workshop with acid-free boards, conservation glue and hemp cord; foil embossed front cover artwork; colour title page. ISBN: 978-1-910691-54-0

Quarterbound with Fabriano Tiziano 'oatmeal' paper covered boards and cloth spine; acid-free text paper; Fabriano Tiziano light blue endpapers; front cover artwork embossed in black.

AUTHOR PHOTO BY GERARD MALANGA
Includes a bound in high quality reproduction of Mr Malanga's photo of the author on Mohawk Superfine paper.

All copies SIGNED by Oliver Harris.

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26 Lettered/signed/signed artwork copies

£130 plus shipping

88 pages. Pinched Crown format, approx. 7”/175mm wide, 10”/250mm tall. Handbound at the Tangerine workshop with acid-free boards, conservation glue and hemp cord; foil embossed front cover artwork; colour title page. ISBN: 978-1-910691-54-0

Quarter bound with Fabriano Tiziano grey/blue paper covered boards and blue decorative cloth spine; front cover artwork embossed in black; acid-free text paper; specially commissioned artwork is Indigo printed onto Mohawk Superfine paper and forms part of the 3-page ‘stepped’ Fabriano Tiziano front endpapers — the other page colours being light grey and dark grey; Fabriano Tiziano dark grey endpapers.

SPECIALLY COMMISSIONED ARTWORK BY PETER BLEGVAD
Indigo printed onto Mohawk Superfine paper and bound into the book. Peter Blegvad’s cult comic strip Leviathan ran for seven years in The Independent on Sunday review. It was memorably described by Simpsons creator Matt Groening as “one of the greatest, weirdest things I’ve ever stared at”.

All lettered copies are SIGNED by Oliver Harris and Peter Blegvad.

LETTERED COPIES SENT OUT WITH A COMPLIMENTARY 'READING COPY' OF THE FIRST PRINT PAPERBACK

SOLD OUT

Forthcoming…

Original review:

“Like The Wild Boys, Blade Runner: A Movie is a story of youthful discontent in a world gone insane, told in quick, razor-sharp scenes and snatches of dialogue, like bits of film found littering the floor of some hallucinatory projection booth. Burroughs’ near-future satire is fast, funny and inspired.”
—Mac Tonnies

William S. Burroughs was born on February 5, 1914, in St. Louis, Missouri, and became one of the founding figures of the Beat Movement. An addict for years, he crafted books like Junky and Naked Lunch, which were harrowing, often grotesque looks at drug culture. He is cited as a major influence on countercultural figures in the world of music as well and worked on several recording projects. Burroughs died in Kansas in 1997.

Oliver Harris’ life as a Burroughsian began in 1984 with a PhD at Oxford that nobody would supervise. He has since gone on to publish many essays and ten books, including William Burroughs and the Secret of Fascination and new editions of two Burroughs trilogies (Junky, Queer, The Yage Letters Redux and Restored versions of Nova Express, The Soft Machine and The Ticket That Exploded), with another trilogy to come in 2020 (Minutes to Go, The Exterminator and BATTLE INSTRUCTIONS). He is Professor of American Literature at Keele University, President of the European Beat Studies Network, and the proud father of four daughters.

Peter Blegvad is a writer, illustrator, songwriter, broadcaster, teacher. Born in New York City, lives in London. His latest album is Go Figure. His comic strip The Book of Leviathan is published by Sort Of Books (in English) and is also available in French and Chinese. Artwork in lettered copies only.

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