The book is structured as a series of loosely connected vignettes. Burroughs stated that the chapters are intended to be read in any order. The vignettes which Burroughs called "routines" are drawn from Burroughs' own experiences in these places and his addiction to drugs heroin , morphine , and while in Tangier, majoun [a strong hashish confection] as well as a German opioid , brand name Eukodol , of which he wrote frequently. The novel was included in Time ' s " Best English-language Novels from to ". Because of US obscenity laws ,  a complete American edition by Grove Press did not follow until
Published in , Williams S. Among its disturbing and subversive characters is the sociopathic surgeon Dr. Benway , who inspired the medical horrors of J. Benway provides some of the more satirical moments in the book, as you can hear in the section below, which Burroughs reads straight with his distinctive nasally Midwestern twang.
Burroughs is the only American novelist living today who may conceivably be possessed by genius. Naked Lunch is one of the most important novels of the twentieth century. Exerting its influence on the work of authors like Thomas Pynchon, J.