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Young Adam

Young Adam
Heinemann, 1961 First UK edition cover
Author Alexander Trocchi
Country France
Language English
Published 1954 (Olympia Press) (1st edition)
1961 (Heinemann) (2nd English edition)
Media type Print (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages 168 pp (Rebel paperback edition 1999)
ISBN 978-0-86241-905-9 (Rebel paperback edition 1999)
OCLC 43418858
823/.914 21
LC Class PR6070.R56 Y6 1999

Young Adam is a 1954 novel by Alexander Trocchi which tells the story of Joe, a young man who labours on the river barges of Glasgow, and who discovers the body of a young woman floating in the canal. The novel focuses on the relationship between Joe and his companions on the barge – a husband and wife – and it becomes clearer as the novel progresses that Joe is connected to the dead woman he found. From this comes the saying, "I've shed my own skin and merged into the fog."

This story was adapted to film as Young Adam in 2003.


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