And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks
by Jack Kerouac , William S. Burroughs
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Alternating chapters that reveal a new period in their development as two of the twentieth century’s most influential writers, the Beat Generation icons of William SBurroughs and Jack Kerouac And The Hippos Boiled in Their Tanks is a true electrifying mystery of life, including Jacques Grauerholtz’s afterword in Penguin Modern ClassicsIt’s a tough detective novel, and a true story.In 1944, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs, then unknown writers, both were arrested following a murder: one of their friends had stabbed another, then come to them for advice either had not told the policeLater they wrote this fictionalised account of this summer, a group of friends in wartime, in New York, passing through each other’s apartments, drinking, throats, talking and taking drugs and junk and junk adrift to a bloody crimeUnpublished for years, And the Hippopotamuses have Boiled in their Tanks is a remarkable insight into the literary life and development of the two great writersIf you liked And the Hippos Boiled in their Tanks, you could, like Kerouac On the Road, also available in Penguin Modern Classics”The novel that kicked “Independent” out of everything, for A glimpse of Kerouac before he went on the road and Burroughs before his drug use became uncontrollable, it’s a great literary event” by GQ
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