Young Adam

Young Adam

by Alexander Trocchi
     
 

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The corpse of a young woman is found floating in a canal by a drifter working on a barge traveling between Glasgow and Edinburgh. His relationship with the dead woman gradually unfolds as claustrophobic tensions develop between him and the couple with whom he shares the cramped barge. Slowly but inexorably the reader is sucked into the disturbed psyche of Trocchi's

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The corpse of a young woman is found floating in a canal by a drifter working on a barge traveling between Glasgow and Edinburgh. His relationship with the dead woman gradually unfolds as claustrophobic tensions develop between him and the couple with whom he shares the cramped barge. Slowly but inexorably the reader is sucked into the disturbed psyche of Trocchi's rootless antihero. Originally published in 1954, this first novel by Scottish beat writer Alexander Trocchi is an absorbing existential thriller—a lost gem of world literature that has not been available in North America for over a decade. "He was an individual ... that's it. They don't make 'em like that any more." — William S. Burroughs "A very fine writer." — Norman Mailer

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Praise for Alexander Trocchi and Young Adam:

“Trocchi may be the greatest unknown writer in the world . . . What Trocchi was about, in life and art, was the testing of boundaries, the eradication of acceptable behavior in the name of something more engaged.”Bloomsbury Review

“Everyone should read Young Adam.”Times Literary Supplement

“Trocchi has the courage so essential to a writer. He writes about spirit, flesh, and death and the vision that comes through the flesh. He has been there and brought it back.”—William S. Burroughs

“The most brilliant man I’ve ever met.”—Allen Ginsberg

“Mr. Trocchi’s ideas (or, rather, his gropings toward the distant glow of ideas) are set down in prose that is always clean and sharp and often ferociously alive with poetry.”New Yorker

“[Young Adam] is rife with desire and longing, a sense that, in the physical, we might free ourselves, however temporarily, from the strictures of society. More than anything, though, it’s a philosophical novel, a tautly written existential thriller.”—David L. Ulin, LA Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780714539256
Publisher:
Riverrun Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/01/1982
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.48(h) x (d)

Meet the Author


Alexander Trocchi (1925–1984) was a Scottish novelist whose numerous works include Cain’s Book. He resided mainly in Paris and New York throughout his life. He was an editor of the literary journal Merlin, which published works by Eugène Ionesco, Samuel Beckett, Jean-Paul Sartre, and others.

David L. Ulin is the author, most recently, of the novel Ear to the Ground. His other books include Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles, a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, and The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time. A 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, he spent ten years as book editor and book critic of the Los Angeles Times.

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