Dead Fingers Talk
London, John Calder/Olympia Press, (1963). A drug novel, consisting of an amalgam of sections from The Naked Lunch, The Soft Machine and The Ticket that Exploded, as well as some material not reproduced elsewhere. Inscribed by Burroughs to Alexander Trocchi, author of Cain's Book, among others: "For Alex Trocchi/ good friend and good showman/ dead fingers talk/ invisible insurrection/ William Burroughs." "Invisible Insurrection of a Million Minds" was an essay by Trocchi published in Scotland in 1962 and in the Situationist International in January, 1963, which laid out the idea of taking over the world by means of art. Years later, the essay gave the title to a book of collected short works by Trocchi. Burroughs and Trocchi had a longtime, close relationship, and lived together for a time; Trocchi was a source for heroin for Burroughs during the time that they were both using the drug. They were famously invited to a literary festival in 1962 in Edinburgh where they were excoriated for their drug use and homosexuality by Scottish poet Hugh McDiarmid, who called them "vermin" and said they should both be in jail rather than on a lecture platform. Trocchi published Burroughs in Moving Times, which was a publication derived from Trocchi's Sigma Project, which grew out of the ideas in his Invisible Insurrection essay. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with slight wear to the spine ends. A superb association copy, and an indication of how closely in touch Trocchi and Burroughs were at that time. [#033066] SOLD

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