Les Évènements Écossais

Michael Gardiner

in From Trocchi to Trainspotting

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780748622320
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653393 | DOI:
Les Évènements Écossais

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This chapter suggests that Alexander Trocchi was behind an alliance with French thought which her Anglo-British image belies. It looks at activities from novel-writing to pamphleteering undertaken by Trocchi, his collaborators, and similar figures, and puts these in the context of nouvelle alliance, particularly in relation to the question of Paris 1968. It notes that Alexander Trocchi edited Merlin from Paris from the surprisingly early year of 1952. It went on to become the first organ to promote Samuel Beckett to an Anglophone audience and to publish Eugene Ionesco in English, and maintained an extraordinary cast of writers throughout its three-year tenure. It further notes that on a research scholarship to Paris, Trocchi had become involved with the movement of Lettrism, a socially proactive alternative to Surrealism, which was seen as having been fossilised by Maurice Nadeau's History of Surrealism (in French, 1945).

Keywords: Alexander Trocchi; nouvelle alliance; Merlin; Samuel Beckett; Anglophone; Eugene Ionesco; Lettrism; Surrealism; Maurice Nadeau; History of Surrealism

Chapter.  15449 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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