Satori in Paris and Pic: Two Novels by Jack Kerouac. Jack Kerouac.
Satori in Paris and Pic: Two Novels by Jack Kerouac

Satori in Paris and Pic: Two Novels by Jack Kerouac

ISBN: 0394621735
New York, NY: Grove Press, Inc., 1985. First Edition Thus. Softcover. "This new edition comprises two important novels by one of the most original of the "beat" writers, Jack Kerouac. Satori in Paris chronicles a jet-age odyssey into ancient France. "Satori" is the Japanese word for "sudden illumination," "sudden awakening," or simply "kick in the eye." On a journey to trace his surname, Kerouac travels with dazzling speed through dozens of adventures...Kerouac's last novel, Pic, set in 1948, is told by a ten-year-old black boy, Pictorial Review Jackson, in the black dialect indigenous to the North Carolina farm country. It is of Pic's adventures- in his native state, in New York, and on the road- with his brother Slim, who has "adopted" him after the death of Pic's grandfather. In his candid way, Pic defines aspects of black life that foreshadow the civil rights movement of the sixties, and the move toward black consciousness that grew out of it. Much of the book takes place "on the road," and it is here, of course, that the author is most at home." (from back cover) The first publication in one volume of these two important late works by Jack Kerouac, Founding Father of the Beat Generation. Satori in Paris was first published in 1966, late in Kerouac's short life, & Pic was first separately published posthumously in 1971. First edition thus, first printing as stated & indicated by number sequence on copyright page. Mass-market format softcover original, a Black Cat Book production by the heroic Barney Rosset's legendary Grove Press. Subsequently re-published in several editions with different graphics, this is an important first edition thus in the Kerouac canon. In exceptionally very fine condition with only very light rubbing, scratching & slight browning to front, back covers & spine; very light wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; light browning & rubbing to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only light browning mostly at blank margins of page leaves; tiny bumps at corners of a few of same. Very Fine. [Item #3395]

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