Cain’s Book has ratings and 33 reviews. MJ said: Trocchi’s final and most fêted work (apart from the odds-and-ends poetry shambles, Man at Leisure, a. So begins Cain’s Book, Alexander Trocchi’s incredible novel of existential dread. Young Adam, its predecessor, is better known, but the latter is. 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 .

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Thus, I suppose, many of its readers will never get to read it. It’s a portrait of a man who is floating between what culture wants him to be, and the refusal of that society. Those Mission Impossible episodes where Barnie play-acts the sweat-soaked terrors of withdrawal represents one end of the continuum. Trocchi as I say was a master con artist who by this time had burned half a dozen publishers for advances but not Seaver over at Grove, who knew his man and kept him on a short leash.

The boards are a touch cocked and edge worn, but are strong and square in spite of this, with bright gilt to the spine. It springs from the anguish of great souls. 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.

It’s excellent, because the character of Alexander Trocchi is on every page, and he himself is a fascinating figure. Many people praise the language and his power of description, which This book is supposed to be something of a cult novel about drug addiction, but I must say I don’t see the appeal.


Near fine and bright illustrated stiff wraps with strong spine and clean text throughout. You shelve the problem when you think in those terms.

Cain’s Book by Trocchi, Alexander

It became for me a ritual act. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements.

View all 4 comments. Inside is tanned and half title page had price in pencil, you may want to ask for a photo of book. As the 60s gave way to the 70s, Trocchi’s addiction to heroin took its toll and his talent lay pretty much squandered. Retrieved from ” https: It is now just after five in the afternoon. The writing around the day-to-day junkie life and the social and psychological aspects of addition is excellent – as good as any of the writing troccui heroin by the usual suspects.

The dustjacket of this novel has wear, tear and marking.

Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. The dust jacket is shelf rubbed, edge worn and lightly marked, but it remains bright, whole and intact, though the spine is a touch discoloured. John Calder,first impression. She would have betrayed him for a dry martini.

The closest thing to a Situationist novel in existence. The spine has wear to the head. But it’s Cain’s book that best fulfils Trocchi’s hopes for ” the invisible insurrection of a thousand minds “.

Half an hour ago I gave myself a fix.

The junky genius of Alexander Trocchi

In the top bunk the Italian was sobbing. Sadly, Cain’s Book was his last. I considered it to be a little disjointed which is I guess what a junky should sound like when writing a novel. Dec 07, Unclemark rated it it was amazing. Russell Books Ltd Published: I would cai on grounds of public safety that heroin and all other known drugs be placed with lucid literature pertaining to its use and abuse on the counters of all chemists to think that a man should cani allowed a gun and not a drug!


Second read of Trocchi Apart from jazz the pinball machine seemed to me to be Americas greatest trocxhi to culture; it rang with contemporaneity. May 14, John rated it liked it.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The case is notable in that the court’s judgement was the first in the UK to condemn a book for obscenity not for sexual content but for “the lifestyle it advocated.

Cain’s Book

Trocchi’s descriptive powers are mesmerising: A clean very good plus hardbound book in very good clipped dustwrapper. But with the right drugs you can kick that in a few days. But here he was living on a barge, scoring for dope and trying to write a novel—Cains Book.

This is the only safe method of controlling the use of drugs. He had a name for the mag—Merlin The life span of the average small press literary magazine is measured not in years but issues.