"Down and Out in Paradise," Anthony Bourdain's unofficial autobiography, recounts his life
by Ana Walia | Thu, 29 Sep 2022 17:32:21 GMT
Anthony Bourdain’s unauthorized biography, "Down and Out in Paradise" will be out on October 11th. Image Source: Lifestyle Asia Hong Kong 

On October 11th, Simon & Schuster will release Charles Leerhsen's unofficial biography of Anthony Bourdain, "Down and Out in Paradise: The Life of Anthony Bourdain"

"Down and Out in Paradise," written by Charles Leerhsen, is Anthony Bourdain's unofficial biography. It will trace the travel host's journey to popularity from a Vassar College dropout to a culinary sensation who travels 250 days each year. The unauthorized biographical book will also divulge the private information from Anthony Bourdain's more than 80 interviews, papers, texts, and emails on his last days in France.

The 61-year-old travel host committed suicide in 2018 while he was France for filming an episode of his show "Prats Unknown" with close friends and French chef Eric Ripert.

In an interview with Today, Charles Leerhsen revealed that Anthony Bourdain's final days were a microcosm of his life, in which he worked nonstop, indulged in gourmet cuisine, and drank copiously while battling addiction and melancholy. According to the author, the trip host seems to have worked himself into an exquisite condition of suffering in his final days. Italian actress Asia Argento and Anthony Bourdain, who was married to his ex-wife Ottavia Busia, were having an acrimonious relationship, according to extracts from the book.

Asia Argento revealed in 2018 that the couple had cheated on one other, but neither of them found it to be problematic. Anthony and Ottavia separated in 2016, yet she remained his confidante. He wrote to his wife that he finds himself completely in love with this woman. (Asia Argento)

Anthony Bourdain and Asia Argento. Image Source: Vulture 

According to the book, Anthony Bourdain lavished Asia Argento with hundreds of thousands of dollars, supporting her, her two kids, and occasionally even her friends. In 2017, after she told reporter Ronan Farrow that Harvey Weinstein had sexually abused her, Anthony became a prominent supporter of the #MeToo movement and pushed to co-workers that she direct and star in the play. Asia Argento who, according to Charles Leerhsen, quoted Oscar Wilde to him in a few email exchanges: "It is always Judas who writes the biography."

Asia Argento stated that she had not read the book in an email to The New York Times and continued, that she had conveyed clearly to this individual that he could not publish whatever she said to him. In one text conversation that is mentioned in the book, Ottavia Busia-Bourdain disagreed with Anthony Bourdain after he advised her not to post family images in advance of Father's Day, because Asia had gone controlling. 

Ottavia Busia-Bourdain wrote back to Anthony Bourdain that she doesn't believe that things will change anytime soon mentioning after he told her that he didn't want her to include a photo of him in it because Asia would freak out. Ottavia said to Anthony that she is growing sick of acting as though she doesn't know him, or that they never share the same location.

Anthony replied by stating that he understands her feelings completely and he was just being honest with her. The chef added that it's a terrible scene with the paparazzi ever since he left them, she's gone crazy. Asia Argento was captured on camera dancing in the lobby of the Hotel de Russie in Rome, where she and Anthony Bourdain had spent together, five days before he passed away, with French journalist Hugo ClĂ©ment. 

Anthony Bourdain passed away in France by suicide. Image Source: AP News

According to an excerpt from the book, Anthony Bourdain contacted Asia Argento to let her know he was fine, wasn't angry or envious that she had been with someone else, and that he doesn't own her. She is free, as Anthony stated in his text, as he promised, and as he honestly intended, but she was thoughtless and came to the conclusion that she was reckless with his heart and his life. Once more, the travel host contacted her to ask if there was anything he could do. Asia responded that he should stop busting her balls, and Anthony texted back that it was alright. Anthony Bourdain committed suicide that evening in a hotel room in France.

Another text message from Anthony Bourdain to his wife Ottavia Busia that expresses his hated for his followers, celebrity, and career is also addressed in the book. Although the text's context is still unclear, it is evident that the traveling host was experiencing despair, which may have contributed to his feelings in this manner. He expressed his loneliness and perpetual uncertainty in a letter to her.

The book has already come under assault from Anthony Bourdain's closest friends, family, and former coworkers. In two emails sent to Simon & Schuster in August, Anthony Bourdain's brother Christopher Bourdain demanded that the book not be published until Charles Leerhsen's numerous inaccuracies were fixed. He referred to the book as a harmful and defamatory fabrication.

In an interview, he said that every single word he writes about relationships and interactions within their family as kids and as adults he either manufactured or got utterly wrong. In response to Christopher Bourdain, Felice Javit who is the Vice President and senior counsel for the publisher said that with all due respect, they disagree that the content in the book contains libelous information, and they stand by their upcoming publication. 

According to Charles Leerhsen, this opposition from the Anthony Bourdain's camp gave him access to new opportunities. Many folks were open to speaking with him since Tony and the Tony train had left them behind, he claimed and continued, saying that some people were moved to speak because they raged at what Anthony Bourdain had done to his daughter.

Anthony Bourdain and his wife of 11 years Ottavia Busia-Bourdain. Image Source: People 

His wife Ottavia Busia-Bourdain, who is in charge of his estate, is one person close to Anthony Bourdain who hasn't objected to the book. Although Ottavia Busia-Bourdain is quoted in the book, but the author wouldn't disclose if he spoke with her. She declined to comment on this subject, she stated via a friend. Chef Eric Ripert, a close friend of Anthony Bourdain's, claimed he did not contribute information to the book even though he had read it. He claimed there were numerous errors, but he was astonished to see private information from his time in France that he had only shared with a select few.

After that journey, Charles Leerhsen claims, Anthony Bourdain realized the price of his arduous emotional pursuit of Asia Argento. Charles Leerhsen stated that he suppose at the last end, in the last days and hours, Anthony realized what he had become mentioning that he doesn't appreciate him killing himself, but he did realize and he did eventually recognise he didn't want to be that person he had become. The last days of Anthony Bourdain in France will remain a mystery to everyone but it has been said that his friends were concerned about him. 

Call or text 988 to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, or visit SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for a list of additional resources, if you are having suicidal thoughts.