Death Of Trotsky, The
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|Followed by:||Til You're Gone|
"The bus leaves in the evening from the Buena Vista station, crosses 27 bridges to the valley of the crumbs."
Fictionalized, third-person account of Trotsky's assassin, cut with assorted other events. Joe reads a poem. First person scenes from a hospital, a cemetery. Stalin is Trotsky in disguise. Prayers full of Nada. Being afraid of nothing. The problems of analysts. Toes engaged in a discussion of socialism, a woman lays an egg, a bird becomes a war plane. Kierkegaard regrets the decision not to marry, is taunted by children shouting "Either, Or," make a leap of faith before an audience. Trotsky is serenaded by a terrible orchestra. A holy man is buried for forty days. Falling asleep while killing Trotsky. A pregnant old man in a golf course. The power of confession. Nihilism; Nietzsche is accused of killing god; Freud treats a kleptomaniac; the future determines the past. Trotsky's killer leads a revolutionary cadre into the woods, becomes lost, discovers that their side has already won and become corrupt, and captures dissidents.
The nada prayer appears in Ernest Hemingway's short story A Clean Well Lighted Place
- "Xibaba" - Donald Byrd (from Electric Byrd, 1970)
- "Toccata, Adagio, and Fugue in C Major, BWV 564: Fugue" - J. S. Bach (from Bach Organ Favorites, Volume 2 performed by E. Power Biggs, 1965)
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