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One of the final works in Kerouac's 13-book Proustian memoir to join the Penguin Modern Classics. Tristessa is the name with which Kerouac baptized Esperanza Villanueva, a Catholic Mexican young woman, a prostitute and addict to certain drugs, whom he fell in love with during one of his stays in Mexico -a country that he frequently visited – by the middle of the fifties. more
Hero of the beat generation, the creator of a model of life that would be followed by thousands of young people in the entire world, a sui generis mystic, “Tristessa”, which until recently was not known in Spanish and that was published in English, is one of Kerouac's fresher and better achieved works.