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ISBN-10: 0140168117
ISBN-13: 9780140168112
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publish Date: 06/01/1992
Dimensions: 7.76" L, 5.10" W, 0.33" H

Tristessa

Foreword by: Aram Saroyan

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Price: $15.00

Overview

Based on Jack Kerouac’s own real-life love affair in Mexico City, this is the story of a man’s ill-fated relationship with a woman he portrays with tenderness and dignity, even as her life spirals out of control

Each book by Jack Kerouac is unique, a telepathic diamond. With prose set in the middle of his mind, he reveals consciousness itself in all its syntatic elaboration, detailing the luminous emptiness of his own paranoiac confusion. Such rich natural writing is nonpareil in later half XX century, a synthesis of Proust, Céline, Thomas Wolfe, Hemingway, Genet, Thelonius Monk, Basho, Charlie Parker, and Kerouac’s own athletic sacred insight.

This entire short novel Tristessa‘s a narrative meditation studying a hen, a rooster, a dove, a cat, a chihuaha dog, family meat, and a ravishing, ravished junky lady, first in their crowded bedroom, then out to drunken streets, taco stands, & pads at dawn in Mexico City slums. –Allen Ginsberg

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[I]t is always a pleasure to read a Jack Kerouac novel . . . The true importance of Kerouac is that he rekindled the Super-Romantic tradition at a time when it needed rekindling. He is a born writer . . . He loves language, and he obviously has a profound feeling for the human race . . . In the end he is more truthful, entertaining and honest than most writers on the American scene. –The New York Times Book Review

We've just got to realize that we've got a great writer on our hands. This time we are getting the innocent lost heart straight. –San Francisco Chronicle

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Details

ISBN-10: 0140168117
ISBN-13: 9780140168112
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publish Date: 06/01/1992
Dimensions: 7.76" L, 5.10" W, 0.33" H
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