Alexander Trocchi


Born
in Glasgow, Scotland
July 30, 1925

Died
April 15, 1984

Genre

Influences


Alexander Trocchi was a Scottish novelist. He lived in Paris in the early 1950s and edited the literary magazine Merlin, which published Henry Miller, Samuel Beckett, Christopher Logue and Pablo Neruda, among others. Although he was never published in Merlin, American writer Terry Southern (who lived in Paris from 1948-1952) became a close friend of both Trocchi and his colleague Richard Seaver, and the three later co-edited the anthology Writers In Revolt (1962).

His early novel Young Adam (1954) was adapted into a film starring Ewan McGregor and Tilda Swinton in 2003.

Average rating: 3.76 · 2,154 ratings · 192 reviews · 26 distinct worksSimilar authors
Young Adam

3.76 avg rating — 890 ratings — published 1954 — 29 editions
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Cain's Book

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3.96 avg rating — 540 ratings — published 1960 — 22 editions
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Helen and Desire

3.28 avg rating — 172 ratings — published 1954 — 17 editions
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Thongs

4.10 avg rating — 50 ratings — published 1956 — 10 editions
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Invisible Insurrection of a...

4.26 avg rating — 43 ratings — published 1991 — 4 editions
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White Thighs

3.61 avg rating — 44 ratings — published 1955 — 6 editions
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Man at Leisure

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The Carnal Desires of Helen

3.42 avg rating — 31 ratings — published 194 — 8 editions
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The Outsiders

3.83 avg rating — 12 ratings — published 1961 — 2 editions
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Sappho of Lesbos

3.43 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 1971 — 2 editions
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“No doubt I shall go on writing, stumbling across tundras of unmeaning, planting words like bloody flags in my wake....”
Alexander Trocchi

“No doubt I shall go on writing, stumbling across tundras of unmeaning, planting words like bloody flags in my wake. Loose ends, things unrelated, shifts, nightmare journeys, cities arrived at and left, meetings, desertions, betrayals, all manner of unions, adulteries, triumphs, defeats…these are the facts.”
Alexander Trocchi

“It provides the police with something to do, and as junkies and potheads are relatively easy to apprehend because they have to take so many chances to get hold of their drugs, a heroic police can make spectacular arrests, lawyers can do a brisk business, judges can make speeches, the big pedlars can make a fortune, the tabloids can sell millions of copies. John Citizen can sit back feeling exonerated and watch evil get its deserts. That's the junk scene, man. Everyone gets something out of it except the junkie. If he's lucky he can creep round the corner and get a fix. But it wasn't the junk that made him creep. ”
Alexander Trocchi, Cain's Book
tags: beat, junk

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