Tristessa
ISBN: 0140168117
EAN13: 9780140168112
Language: English
Publication Date: Jun 1, 1992
Pages: 96
Dimensions: 0.39" H x 7.64" L x 5.04" W
Weight: 0.22 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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In 1955 novelist Jack Kerouac detoured from his cross-country American travels to Mexico City where a group of junkie expatriates he had known from the New York City post-War scene had gone for the cheap and plentiful supply of heroin and morphine. Fellow Beat writer William S. Burroughs, who had been a part of the Mexican expatriate community, had introduced Kerouac to Bill Garver (named Old Bull Gaines in the novel), a much-older long-term addict who had in turn introduced Kerouac to Esperanza Villanueva, whom Kerouac named Tristessa in the novel. Kerouac fell under the spell of Esperanza's dark allure and exotic surroundings and hoped to re-experience the fellaheen nights of his joyous adventures with Mexicans in his past.


Esperanza/Tristessa, however, proved to be a far more troubled and contentious companion than Kerouac had bargained for. Kerouac had entered a particularly contemplative time in his life--he had discovered an inner peace through Zen Buddhism and was practicing an ascetic lifestyle that included celibacy--a choice he later regretted. Although Kerouac managed to control his alcoholic tendencies much of the time in Mexico, Tristessa sank deeper and deeper into the belly of morphine addiction.


Kerouac returned to Mexico City a year later (1956) hoping Read More chevron_right

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