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The Subterraneans

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Regarded by many as Jack Kerouac's most touching works, The Subterraneans and Pic are an evocative and poignant pair of novels from the author of On the Road. This Penguin Modern Classics edition includes an introduction by Ann Douglas. Leo Percepied, aspiring writer and self-styled free-wheeling bum, gravitates to the Subterraneans, impoverished intellectuals who haunt the bars and clubs of San Francisco, surviving on a diet of booze and benzedrine, Proust and Verlaine. Living among them is Mardou Fox, beautiful and a little crazy, whose dark eyes, full of suffering and sweetness, find recognition in Leo. But, afraid of his growing involvement, Leo sets out to destroy their love. Exuberant and melancholy, Kerouac's spontaneous prose flows across the pages. Written in three days, The Subterraneans is, like all Kerouac's work, closely related to his own life while encapsulating his great vision of America. Also included here is the novel Pic, the story of a young black boy who makes his own journey on the road. Jack Kerouac (1922-69) was an American novelist, poet, artist and part of the Beat Generation. His first published novel, The Town and the City, appeared in 1950, but it was On the Road, published in 1957, that made Kerouac famous. Publication of his many other books followed, among them The Subterraneans, Big Sur, and The Dharma Bums. Kerouac died in Florida at the age of forty-seven.

Издательство: "Penguin Group" (2007)

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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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