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An adventure story set in the jungle of Madagascar, and filled with the obsessions that mark the work of the man whom Norman Mailer once called, "the only American writer possessed by genius", Ghost of Chance reveals an important story about environmental devastation in a way that only Burroughs can tell it. Illustrations by the author.

The novella, primarily set in Madagascar, initially focuses on a character named Captain Mission, founder of the pirate colony Libertatia, and is described on the back cover of the 1995 edition as being "an important story about environmental devastation." Following Mission's death in the narrative, the novella moves into the present day and tells of a series of deadly viruses that plague humankind, including one that causes people to believe they have the powers of Jesus Christ and another that causes uncontrollable hair growth. The narrative also switches to discussing the real-life endangerment of lemurs in Madagascar and the story ends with the author requesting readers donate to the Duke University Primate Center.

Title: Ghost of Chance
Author: William S. Burroughs
Size: 21cm x 13cm, 58 pages
Condition: Good used, odd tiny spot page outside fore-edge otherwise clean.

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