This novel is a loose collection of its author's drug-induced delusions. It takes place mostly in Tangiers, Morrocco, where the writer sometimes lived. He depicts the city as a depraved, sexually deviant, drug-addled, bizarre underworld, known as Interzone. Characters come and go, strange situations and themes play themselves out. A recurring character in Burroughs' work, Dr. Benway, a sadistic quack bent on mind control, also surfaces every once in a while. The only element that draws all parts of the novel's nightmare-esque narrative together is the idea that all of the visions come from a heroin addict who desperately needs a fix.
This report prepared by Judy Berman