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This is the journal of Joe Necchi, a junkie living on a barge that plies the rivers and bays of New York. Joe's world is the half-world of drugs and addicts — the world of furtive fixes in sordid Harlem apartments, of police pursuits down deserted subway stations. Junk for Necchi, however, is a tool, freely chosen and fully justified; he is Cain, the malcontent, the profligate, the rebel who lives by no one's rules but his own. Like DeQuincey and Baudelaire before him, Trocchi's muse was drugs. But unlike his literary predecessors, in his roman a clef, Trocchi never romanticizes the source of his inspiration. If the experience of heroin, of the "fix," is central to Cain's Book, both its destructive force and the possibilities for creativity it creates are recognized and accepted without apology.

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"Cain's Book is the classic of the late-1950s account of heroin addiction....An un-self-forgiving existentialism, rendered with writerly exactness and muscularity, set this novel apart from all others of the genre." William S. Burroughs

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"Trocchi, especially in this, his masterpiece, along with writers such as William Burroughs, taught me that writers do not make up stories but attempt to find the truth." Kathy Acker

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"Cain's Book is a High Priest's raging celebration of the iron-in-the-soul, American style. The book is a literary landmark; it is probably the last great piece of writing in a classic linear format." Terry Southern

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"Cain's Book is a treasure." Ken Kesey

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"It is true, it has art, it is brave." Norman Mailer

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"Alexander Trocchi was a major figure in cosmopolitan new-consciousness fifties' and sixties' literature, and Cain's Book is his signal novel." Allen Ginsberg

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"Can't write about writing so will simply say that I find it excellent, very strong and moving — all the visual writing in particular — it seems to me of the highest order." Samuel Beckett

About the Author

Alexander Trocchi was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1925. 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. In addition, he, along with Richard Seaver and Austryn Wainhouse, edited Merlin, one of the most noted literary journals of its day, which published works by Ionesco, Beckett, Sartre and others. At the same time he was actively involved in the operations of the famed Olympia Press, and produced a number of pornographic novels for that publishing house. Although the autobiographical Cain's Book became a best-seller, after its publication Trocchi's work was largely limited to short stories (including the collection The Outsiders) and poetry (including the volume Man at Leisure.) He never completed another novel and died in 1984.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802133144
Author:
Alexander Trocchi and Richard Seaver
Publisher:
Grove Press
Illustrator:
Seaver, Richard
Foreword:
Seaver, Richard
Author:
Marcus, Greil
Author:
Marcus, Griel
Author:
Trocchi, Alexander
Author:
Trocchi
Author:
Seaver, Richard
Author:
Seaver, Alexander Trocchi and Richard
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Autobiographical fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
7553
Publication Date:
19931131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
252
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 11 oz

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Product details 252 pages Grove Press - English 9780802133144 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Cain's Book is the classic of the late-1950s account of heroin addiction....An un-self-forgiving existentialism, rendered with writerly exactness and muscularity, set this novel apart from all others of the genre."
"Review" by , "Trocchi, especially in this, his masterpiece, along with writers such as William Burroughs, taught me that writers do not make up stories but attempt to find the truth."
"Review" by , "Cain's Book is a High Priest's raging celebration of the iron-in-the-soul, American style. The book is a literary landmark; it is probably the last great piece of writing in a classic linear format."
"Review" by , "Cain's Book is a treasure."
"Review" by , "It is true, it has art, it is brave."
"Review" by , "Alexander Trocchi was a major figure in cosmopolitan new-consciousness fifties' and sixties' literature, and Cain's Book is his signal novel."
"Review" by , "Can't write about writing so will simply say that I find it excellent, very strong and moving — all the visual writing in particular — it seems to me of the highest order."
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