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William S. Burroughs

Date de naissance: 5. février 1914
Date de décès: 2. août 1997
Autres noms: William Burroughs

William Seward Burroughs [ˈwɪljəm ˈsuɚd ˈbɜroʊz], né le 5 février 1914 à Saint-Louis au 4664 de Pershing Avenue, dans l'État du Missouri et mort dans sa propriété de Lawrence de complications liées à une crise cardiaque, le 2 août 1997, est un romancier et artiste américain.

Principalement connu pour ses romans hallucinés mêlant drogue, homosexualité et anticipation, il est associé à la Beat Generation et à ses figures emblématiques : ses amis Jack Kerouac et Allen Ginsberg. Il a élaboré le cut-up, technique littéraire consistant à créer un texte à partir d'autres fragments textuels d'origines diverses.

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La Machine molle
William S. Burroughs
Le Festin nu
William S. Burroughs

„Écrire n'est rien d'autre que ça : non pas une évasion hors de la réalité, mais une tentative pour changer la réalité, de sorte que [l']écrivain peut s'évader des limites de la réalité.“

—  William S. Burroughs

Writing is just that: not an escape from reality, but an attempt to change reality, so [the] writer can escape the limits of reality.
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Ultimes Paroles (1997), 2 décembre 1996

„Ce n'est pas la vérité qui blesse, c'est le mensonge éhonté.“

—  William S. Burroughs

It is not the truth that hurts, it is the outrageous lie.
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Ultimes Paroles (1997), 31 décembre 1996

„Tous hors du temps et dans l'espace. Sortez du mot-temps « le » pour toujours. Sortez du mot-corps « toi » pour toujours. Il n'y a rien à craindre. Il n'y a aucune chose dans l'espace. Il n'y a pas de mot à craindre. Il n'y a pas de mot dans l'espace.“

—  William S. Burroughs, livre La Machine molle

"All out of time and into space. Come out of the time-word 'the' forever. Come out of the body word 'thee' forever. There is nothing to fear. There is no thing in space. There is no word to fear. There is no word in space."
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La Machine molle (1968)

„L'utilisation de la bombe atomique alors que même en poussant le pragmatisme au maximum, ce n'était pas nécessaire, ça frolait le péché impardonnable puisqu'il y aurait pu n'y avoir personne pour pardonner.“

—  William S. Burroughs

The use of Atom bomb when it was not by any stretch of expediency necessary, getting near to the unforgivable sin, since there might not be anyone there to forgive it.
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Ultimes Paroles (1997), 7 février, 1997

„La vérité est là quand tous les mots sont effacés. Les mots ont été faits pour mentir.“

—  William S. Burroughs

Truth is here when all words are rubbed out. Words were made to lie with.
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Ultimes Paroles (1997), 31 décembre 1996

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„Sans friction, sans conflit, n'importe quel système s'arrêtera.“

—  William S. Burroughs

With no friction, no conflict, any system will run down.
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Ultimes Paroles (1997), 9 mars 1997

„Le sexe était peut-être l'ancre la plus lourde nous retenant dans le temps présent.“

—  William S. Burroughs, livre La Machine molle

Sex was perhaps the heaviest anchor holding one in present time.
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La Machine molle (1968)

„Gros Sel Mary » avait tous les « non » et aucun de ces « non » ne voulait jamais dire « oui.“

—  William S. Burroughs, livre La Machine molle

"Salt Chunk Mary" had all the "nos" and none of them ever meant "yes".
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La Machine molle (1968)

„A bureau operates on opposite principles of inventing needs to justify its existence.“

—  William S. Burroughs, livre Le Festin nu

Ordinary Men and Women
Naked Lunch (1959)
Contexte: The end result of complete cellular representation is cancer. Democracy is cancerous, and bureaus are its cancer. A bureau takes root anywhere in the state, turns malignant like the Narcotic Bureau, and grows and grows, always reproducing more of its own kind, until it chokes the host if not controlled or excised. Bureaus cannot live without a host, being true parasitic organisms. (A cooperative on the other hand can live without the state. That is the road to follow. The building up of independent units to meet needs of the people who participate in the functioning of the unit. A bureau operates on opposite principles of inventing needs to justify its existence.) Bureaucracy is wrong as a cancer, a turning away from the human evolutionary direction of infinite potentials and differentiation and independent spontaneous action to the complete parasitism of a virus. (It is thought that the virus is a degeneration from more complex life-form. It may at one time have been capable of independent life. Now has fallen to the borderline between living and dead matter. It can exhibit living qualities only in a host, by using the life of another — the renunciation of life itself, a falling towards inorganic, inflexible machine, towards dead matter.) Bureaus die when the structure of the state collapse. They are as helpless and unfit for independent existence as a displaced tapeworm, or a virus that has killed the host.

„Bureaus die when the structure of the state collapse. They are as helpless and unfit for independent existence as a displaced tapeworm, or a virus that has killed the host.“

—  William S. Burroughs, livre Le Festin nu

Ordinary Men and Women
Naked Lunch (1959)
Contexte: The end result of complete cellular representation is cancer. Democracy is cancerous, and bureaus are its cancer. A bureau takes root anywhere in the state, turns malignant like the Narcotic Bureau, and grows and grows, always reproducing more of its own kind, until it chokes the host if not controlled or excised. Bureaus cannot live without a host, being true parasitic organisms. (A cooperative on the other hand can live without the state. That is the road to follow. The building up of independent units to meet needs of the people who participate in the functioning of the unit. A bureau operates on opposite principles of inventing needs to justify its existence.) Bureaucracy is wrong as a cancer, a turning away from the human evolutionary direction of infinite potentials and differentiation and independent spontaneous action to the complete parasitism of a virus. (It is thought that the virus is a degeneration from more complex life-form. It may at one time have been capable of independent life. Now has fallen to the borderline between living and dead matter. It can exhibit living qualities only in a host, by using the life of another — the renunciation of life itself, a falling towards inorganic, inflexible machine, towards dead matter.) Bureaus die when the structure of the state collapse. They are as helpless and unfit for independent existence as a displaced tapeworm, or a virus that has killed the host.

„Cut word lines — Cut music lines — Smash the control images — Smash the control machine“

—  William S. Burroughs, livre La Machine molle

Burn the books — Kill the priests — Kill! Kill! Kill!
The Soft Machine (1961)
The Soft Machine (1961)

„This is a war universe. War all the time. That is its nature. There may be other universes based on all sorts of other principles, but ours seems to be based on war and games.“

—  William S. Burroughs

"The War Universe", taped conversation, first published in Grand Street, No. 37 (1991) http://openlibrary.org/b/OL7452886M/Grand_Street_37_(Grand_Street)
Contexte: This is a war universe. War all the time. That is its nature. There may be other universes based on all sorts of other principles, but ours seems to be based on war and games. All games are basically hostile. Winners and losers. We see them all around us: the winners and the losers. The losers can oftentimes become winners, and the winners can very easily become losers.

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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