Troia: Mexican Memoirs

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In this newly rediscovered memoir, Bonnie Bremser, ex-wife of Beat-poet Ray Bremser, chronicles her life on the run from the law in the early Sixties. When Ray fled to Mexico in 1961 to avoid imprisonment for armed robbery, a crime he claimed he did not commit, Bonnie followed with their baby daughter, Rachel. In a foreign country with no money and little knowledge of the language, Bonnie was forced into a life of prostitution to support her family and their drug habit. Just twenty-three years old, Bonnie was ...

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Overview

In this newly rediscovered memoir, Bonnie Bremser, ex-wife of Beat-poet Ray Bremser, chronicles her life on the run from the law in the early Sixties. When Ray fled to Mexico in 1961 to avoid imprisonment for armed robbery, a crime he claimed he did not commit, Bonnie followed with their baby daughter, Rachel. In a foreign country with no money and little knowledge of the language, Bonnie was forced into a life of prostitution to support her family and their drug habit. Just twenty-three years old, Bonnie was young and inexperienced, but very much in love with her husband; indeed, she was ready to go to any lengths in an attempt to keep their small family alive and together, even if it meant becoming une troia.

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'a lost classic of experimental writing that speaks the movement's aesthetics and ethos from the vantage of a woman living the "beat" life' -Ronna Johnson, Bookforum

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564784803
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Series: American Literature Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 213
  • Sales rank: 1,109,566
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Brenda Frazer (a.k.a. Bonnie Bremser) (1939- ) is one of the relatively few female Beat writers. Frazer married Beat-poet Ray Bremser in 1959 when he introduced her into the Beat movement and lifestyle. After leaving Ray following their stint in Mexico, Brenda moved to upstate New York to stay at Allen Ginsberg's farm. While there, she developed a great interest in agriculture and eventually earned a Master's degree in this field.

She now lives in Michigan, working as a consultant for the Department of Agriculture. Frazer has been published in several Beat journals and is currently working on the prequel and sequel to Troia: Mexican Memoirs.
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Ray was out of the hotel a lot, writing poems he says, and often didn't come back all night. He takes to hanging out in all night restaurants to write 'cause I am usually sick in bed or wanting to fuck or have some relief from the worry and monotonousness of paranoia and disgust at the apparently permanent occupation of fucking a bunch of guys I don't like or have any interest in to get money for us to continue this way. It has no rewards for me, I am alone, lonely, bugged, feeling more and more unloved, as if each trick I turn is a negative score on the happiness list.
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