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While Burroughs is what one can only describe as American — flamboyant, egotistical, loud-mouthed, wild, Trocchi is very British despite his Italian ancestry — laid back, descriptive in a low key manner, quiet, almost self-effacing. His story of his stay in New York, working on a scow , while doing drugs, is so well-told yet so different from Burroughs. If you are looking for the effects of shooting up or heroin withdrawal symptoms, then this is the wrong book for you. Indeed, his most telling description is a quote from Cocteau in the original French, of course which basically says that most of us are on an express train heading towards death while junkies step off the train and are concerned with things other than life and death.

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It is also an account of what it means to be a junky and an outsider from society. On occasion it can descend into ranting about the hypocrisy and stupidity of drug prohibition and the general inequities of the world. It describes with an eye for detail the rituals of heroin, the cooking up and the search for a suitable vein. It gets more and more fragmented as it draws to a close with Trocchi realizing that he is incapable of a maintaining a conventional narrative.

In being consumed with his addiction, Trocchi strives to document his alienation and his desire to use his creativity against the existentialist fear of being washed away by history with no sign of his life remaining. When I write I have trouble with my tenses.

Where I was tomorrow is where I am today, where I would be yesterday. I have a horror of committing fraud. It is all very difficult, the past even more than the future, for the latter is at least probable, calculable, while the former is beyond the range of experiment.

The past is always a lie clung to by an odour of ancestors. He casts himself as beyond society, above laws and morals and wars and guilt. He did not see himself as just a junky but rather a crusader, the mind-expanding quality of drugs, as he saw it, outweighed any other argument against them. In April the UK edition went to trial for obscenity , with six defense witnesses, including author Kenneth Allsop , testifying to its literary value.

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Alexander Trocchi

Trocchi was born in Glasgow in to an Italian father and a Scottish mother. He attended Glasgow University from before joining the Royal Navy from In the late s he moved to Paris, where he edited the avante-garde literary journal Merlin, which published, amongst others, the work of Samuel Beckett and Jean-Paul Sartre. His early fiction is concerned with the erotic, some might say pornographic, and much of this early work was banned in Britain, France and America. In the late s Trocchi left Paris for the U. S, finally settling in New York.

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It is also an account of what it means to be a junky and an outsider from society. On occasion it can descend into ranting about the hypocrisy and stupidity of drug prohibition and the general inequities of the world. It describes with an eye for detail the rituals of heroin, the cooking up and the search for a suitable vein. It gets more and more fragmented as it draws to a close with Trocchi realizing that he is incapable of a maintaining a conventional narrative. In being consumed with his addiction, Trocchi strives to document his alienation and his desire to use his creativity against the existentialist fear of being washed away by history with no sign of his life remaining. When I write I have trouble with my tenses. Where I was tomorrow is where I am today, where I would be yesterday.

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