On the road. The "Roll" of 1951

Between 2 and 22 April 1951, he tells Jack Kerouac in Neal Cassady, "I wrote a novel on a 120-foot long paper strip ... inserted in the typewriter and without paragraphs ... made up to the floor and looks right a street". With this "Roll" the story of On the Road begins. Compound, according to legend, under the effect of benzedrine and with the background of the bebop, the novel - which narrates the journeys carried out by Kerouac in the United States and Mexico between 1947 and 1950 - will see the light, in a version widely remodeled, only in 1957. According to some critics, that of 1951, is the real text of "On the Road": much longer than that published in 1957, contains numerous scenes that Kerouac will then decide to cut and is darker, angular and uninhibited. Writing appears to you intimate, colloquial, unbridled and "true", made of periods that overlap and cross themselves as waves, dragging the reader to the burning discovery of a road that is life itself. (Postfation by Fernanda Pivano)

  • Author: Jack Kerouac
  • Format: Paperback, 12.5 x 19.5 cm
  • Pages: 394
  • Publisher: Mondadori
  • Necklace: Modern Oscar
  • Translator: Michele Piumini
  • Year: 2017

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