"The subterraneans" come alive at night, travel along dark alleyways, and live in a world filled with paint, poetry, music, smoke, and sex. Simmering in the center of it all is the brief affair between Leo Percepied, a writer, a Mardou Fox, a black woman ten years younger. Just at the moment when she is cooly leaving him, Leo realizes his passion for passion, his inability to function without it, and the puzzling futility of seeking redemption and fulfillment through writing.
Original title: The Subterraneans
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction