Книга: Kerouac J. «Wake Up: A Life of the Buddha»

Wake Up: A Life of the Buddha

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Though raised Catholic, in the early 1950s Jack Kerouac became fascinated with Buddhism, an interest that would have a profound impact on his ideas of spirituality and their expression in his writing from Mexico City Blues to The Dharma Bums. Published for the first time in book form, Wake Up is Kerouac’s retelling of the story of Prince Siddhartha Gautama, who as a young man abandoned his wealthy family and comfortable home for a lifelong search for Enlightenment. As a compendium of the teachings of the Buddha, Wake Up is a profound meditation on the nature of life, desire, wisdom, and suffering. Distilled from a wide variety of canonical scriptures, Wake Up serves as both a concise primer on the concepts of Buddhism and as an insightful and deeply personal document of Kerouac’s evolving beliefs. It is the work of a devoted spiritual follower of the Buddha who also happened to be one ofthe twentieth century’s most influential novelists. Wake Up: A Life of the Buddha will be essential reading for the legions of Jack Kerouac fans and for anyone who is curious about the spiritual principles of one of the world’s great religions.

Издательство: "Penguin Group"

ISBN: 978-0-14-118946-8

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KEROUAC (J.)

KEROUAC (J.)

KEROUAC JACK (1922-1969)

Né dans le Massachusetts d’une famille de Canadiens français, Kerouac mène, après ses études, une vie errante, travaillant dans des garages, ou bien comme marin, parcourant en tous sens les États-Unis et le Mexique. Une grande partie de son abondante production est tirée de ces expériences. Parmi ses principaux livres, on peut citer, en dehors de son premier ouvrage La Ville et la cité (The Town and the City , 1950), Les Souterrains (The Subterraneans , 1958), l’autobiographique Vagabond solitaire (The Lonesome Traveller , 1960), Dr. Sax (1962), Big Sur (1962), Visions de Gérard (Visions of Gerard , 1963), et le recueil de poèmes Mexico City Blues (1959). Son œuvre la plus célèbre est toutefois Sur la route (On the Road ), qui, rédigée dès 1951, ne fut publiée qu’en 1957, faute d’éditeur qui l’accepte.

L’ouvrage, livre clé de la beat generation , est le récit des errances de l’auteur (qui se met en scène sous le pseudonyme de Sal Paradise) d’un bout à l’autre des États- Unis. Voyageant en auto-stop, logeant chez qui l’accepte, partageant femmes et alcool avec des amis de rencontre, Kerouac s’abandonne à la loi du hasard, à la recherche moins de l’aventure que d’une fraternité réelle entre les gens; il s’agit de connaître et d’aimer le monde et ceux qui y vivent, par-delà les conventions sociales, d’aller à la rencontre de soi-même. Le récit est le compte rendu de cette quête (qui fait souvent penser au vieux rêve whitmanien), avec ses moments d’euphorie, mais aussi ses passages à vide, ses instants nuls, ses échecs; parfois cocasse, parfois tragique, il rend remarquablement la nostalgie, typiquement américaine, des grands espaces.

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