Alexander trocchi cain book pdf
Cain’s Book details A Life – Trocchi’s life – that of the addict, the skag-head, the social leper with his struggles and love for a drug which clearly brought him a deep amount of adulterated joy. If the experience of heroin, of the “fix,” is central to Cain’s Book, both its destructive force and the possibilities it holds for creativity are recognized and accepted without apology. He injected himself on camera during a live television debate on drug abuse , despite being on bail at the time. He attended the University of Glasgow from 1942-1943 and from 1946-1950, and served in the Royal Navy from 1943-1946. Cain’s Book (1960) by Alexander Trocchi is a text about heroin addiction, but its underlying concern is with the representation of liminal experience and alterity. The introduction's for my copy, by Greil Marcus and Richard Seaver, are two of the most dismissive, pessimistic book intros I've read. The textual space of Cain’s Book is constructed through the formal aspects of structure, narrative voice and spatial imagery. This is surprising when one considers Trocchi’s close relationships and business ventures with playwrights such as Samuel Beckett.
A heroin addict, he is best known for Cain’s Book, an autobiographical account of his sexual misadventures and drug abuse whilst living in New York. It's excellent, because the character of Alexander Trocchi is on every page, and he himself is a fascinating figure. Even the title had something extra, some glow, that the titles of other books didn’t possess. A rich selection of articles, stories, book extracts, poems, plays, cartoons, and covers from the first decade of America's premier avant-garde magazine of the 50's and 60's (Evergreen Review lasted until 1973, but its importance as an iconoclastic voice waned with the arising of the 60's countercultural movement). It is as though I find myself on a new planet, without a map, and having everything to learn. Trocchi was formerly a student of Samuel Beckett and it is his influence that can be felt on each page of Cain's Book: the magical, musical prose, the lapse into revery and memory, the coolly analytical look at daily reality, the play with form and language. Trocchi, publisher (through his magazine Merlin) of Beckett and Ionescu, participant in the Lettriste and Situationist International and the author of Young Adam and Cain’s Book, had been a systematic user of heroin for the last 30 years of his life and was an archetype of the engagé outsider and outlaw that was later held in high esteem by the Punks.
The title The Beautiful Side of Evil is the theme of the book: Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Not that these are the only junkie novels – far from it – but they are both well-known in their own areas, the Burroughs’ one obviously better known generally. This copy of Cain's Book - the most important copy imaginable - and this letter chronicle his most significant and lasting contribution to literature, his career height and the incident that, as inevitable as a Greek tragedy, instantly toppled him. The one and only Scottish writer who appears to have taken the teeniest interest in the European literary revolutions of the 50s, and even hung out with the Beats, and fed Leonard Cohen so much opium he passed out while crossing the road in Montreal.
This new edition of the critically-acclaimed biography of Alexander Trocchi has been revised, extended and updated since its first publication in 1991 when it helped to create new interest in the celebrated — and notorious — author of Young Adam and Cain’s Book. The two Beat-influenced novels, Young Adam and Cain’s Book were re-issued in the 1990s (with the former translated into a film of the same name by David Mackenzie in 2003) as well as the Olympia Press titles by Canongate. The book's themes of sex and drugs led to its being banned in the UK, while in the USA it was released to generally favourable reviews. Pages: 153–173 Culture and the City: Poetry, Painting and Music in 1960s Glasgow. In so doing Burroughs turned Trocchi’s own description of the role of a writer on the author himself. While Trocchi’s work is often associated with French existentialism and the Beat Movement, in this article Tasker focuses on the representation of heteroptopic and ‘other’ spaces in both Young Adam (1954) and Cain’s Book (1960), in order to examine the forms of subversive spatiality in evidence within each text.
Whether you've loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them. A heroin addict, he is best known for Cain's Book, an autobiographical account of his sexual misadventures and drug abuse whilst living in New York.
Nevertheless, I purchased this copy at the Red Wheelbarrow in Paris last week.
The collective Situationist practice of dérive , moreover, almost invariably involved some form of intoxication; and the extant literature on the SI is full of references that evoke the group’s penchant for a heady mixture of alcohol and revolution. Title: Cain’s Book Author: Alexander Trocchi Published: 1963 Publisher: John Calder First edition/first impression (‘THIS EDITION FIRST PUBLISHED IN GREAT BRITAIN 1963 BY JOHN CALDER’); UK; hardback with dust wrapper (not price-clipped, showing 25s.); covered in clear, removable protective wrapper. In August 1964 Alexander Trocchi, author and self-styled ‘cosmonaut of inner space’ attempted to submit an unusual document to the London Underground Transport Authority. Sent from United States Postage: May not post to United States - Read item description or contact seller for postage options. A roman à clef, it details the life of Joe Necchi, a heroin addict and writer, who is living and working on a scow on the Hudson River in New York. At various points in his life he was a straight-A student, a pig farmer, a family man, a pimp, a heroin addict, a pornographer, a dealer in antique books, a forger, a polemicist, a revolutionary, a literary editor, a ‘cosmonaut of inner space’, and not least a novelist and writer. This new edition of the critically-acclaimed biography of Alexander Trocchi has been revised, extended and updated since its first publication in 1991 when it helped to create new interest in the celebrated - and notorious - author of Young Adam and Cain's Book. Much less information is recorded about the life of Alexander Trocchi, and so a comparison of minutiae between the story facts and his biographical facts is impossible.
Above all, the author of Cain's Book is a stylist of distinction, constantly able to extract a strange contemporary beauty from situations of squalor and misery.' (Quote from rear of dustwrapper blurb). The eldest son, Marc died of cancer at age 15 in 1974, and shortly after Alexander's American wife died. He had a short spell in the navy before studying philosophy at the University of Glasgow. Alexander Trocchi: the man who whilst sailing the Hudson River – flaunting a heroin habit, shooting junk into his arm and writing a book – was able to take drug-taking into a culture. Search for Library Items Search for Lists Search for Contacts Search for a Library. Author Alexander Trocchi’s muse was drugs—but in this novel, he does not romanticize the source of his inspiration. With new editions of his writing now published, the time is ripe to look again at this iconoclastic Scotsman who died in 1984.
During the 1950s and 1960s he lived mainly in Paris and New York and gained fame as one of the most talented writers, in both prose and poetry, of the period. Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books you've read. It was highly influential, led to the reprinting of his novels and inspired a wave of new writers to discover Trocchi for themselves. Trocchi's 1960 novel Cain's Book drew on his life in the United States, where he had become addicted to hard drugs. Buy the Paperback Book Cain's Book by Alexander Trocchi at Indigo.ca, Canada's largest bookstore.
Young Adam, its predecessor, is better known, but the latter is the “Scottish Beat’s” classic. Pages: 135–151 Through Expatriate Eyes: Muriel Spark, Alexander Trocchi, and the Empowerment of Scottish Literature during the 1960s. What I find more interesting than the individual words — maning and amusing as they are — is the fact that all the new words are the n This isn’t really the best book to read from cover-to-cover. on the port quarter of the scow whose starboard side is swinging just free of one of the Colonial docks.The water is dung-coloured and slides away smoothly, horizontally before the eye. Trocchi began writing poetry and prose in the late 1940’s, and by the early 1950’s was an established member of the artistic avant-garde. This book will stimulate thought and provoke controversy as certainly as it will enlarge our frame of reference for Beat writing. Written in America while Trocchi was working on a scow on the Hudson River, Cain's Book is an extraordinary autobiographical account about a junky's life, and an honest, raunchy, eye-opening trip through hell. Written in America while Trocchi was working on a scow on the Hudson River, Cain’s Book is an extraordinary autobiographical account about a junky’s life, and an honest, raunchy, eye-opening trip through hell.