Thongs

Thongs

Alexander Trocchi

Literature & Fiction

On a cold morning in February 1922, some Gypsies moving across country between Madrid and Escorial came upon the naked body of a woman. The naked woman had been crucified. The body was covered with thin red lacerations as though before death the woman had been whipped mercilessly with fine rods. Across the belly on a fine silver chain was slung a small metal plate which bore the inscription: Carmencita de las Lunas, por amor. For love... Thongs is the troubling account of Gertrude Gault, also known as Carmencita de las Lunas, a nymphomaniac who desired, indeed demanded, pain in preference to love, who lived for pain and ultimately freely gave her life for Pain as the Virgin Death. Some readers will find the work sacrilegious as it imitates, perhaps mocks, the Roman Catholic Church, and indeed reveals a cult that worships pain and a virgin martyr.
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Young Adam

Young Adam

Alexander Trocchi

Literature & Fiction

Trocchi's narrator is an outsider; a drifter working for the skipper of a barge. Together they discover a young woman's corpse floating in the canal. Tensions increase in cramped confines with the narrator's highly charged seduction of the skipper's wife. Compulsively readable, this is no ordinary thriller. It challenges conventional morality. The certainty of events and their meaning is far from objective.
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Helen And Desire

Helen And Desire

Alexander Trocchi

Literature & Fiction

Helen and Desire, the best known and finest of Trocchi's erotic novels, is a highly compelling examination of sexuality. Written from the perspective of its eponymous heroine, Helen Smith, it follows the fortunes of this lady as she uses her alluring charms to take her through life. Inevitably she is also abused along the way by the men who cannot resist the appeal of sex incarnate and so Helen's existence fluctuates from one of liberation to one of imprisonment.
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