Charles Bukowski, who died in 1994, was the legendary Californian writer who became famous for his semi-autobiographical books about low-life America. Novels such as Factotum and Post Office made this one-time bum, and lifelong alcoholic, rich and famous, and culminated in the making of Barfly, a major Hollywood movie based on his life starring Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway.
Legendary barfly Charles Bukowski's fourth novel, first published in 1982, is probably the most autobiographical and moving of all his books, dealing in particular with his difficult relationship with his father and his early childhood in LA. Ham on Rye follows the path of Bukowski's alter-ego Henry Chinaski through the high school years of acne and rejection and into the beginning of a long and successful career in alcoholism. The novel begins against the backdrop of an America devastated by the Depression and takes the Chinaski legend up to the bombing of Pearl Harbour. Arguably Bukowski's finest novel. With an Introduction by Roddy Doyle who says: 'A scorching account of a childhood, on adolescence, a life of ugliness, pain, escape, alcohol, loneliness. often it's funny - often it's disturbing. Ham on Rye is a powerful book.
In The Mathematics of the Breath and the Way, Charles Bukowski considers the art of writing, and the art of living as writer. Bringing together a variety of previously uncollected stories, columns, reviews, introductions, and interviews, this book finds him approaching the dynamics of his chosen profession with cynical aplomb, deflating pretentions and tearing down idols armed with only a typewriter and a bottle of beer. From numerous tales of the author's adventures at poetry readings, parties, film sets, and bars, to an unprecedented gathering of Bukowski's singular literary criticism, the author discusses his writing practices and his influences. The Mathematics of the Breath and the Way is a perfect guide to the man behind the myth and the disciplined artist behind the boozing brawler.
A timeless selection of some of Charles Bukowski's best unpublished and uncollected poems Charles Bukowski was a prolific writer who produced countless short stories, novels, and poems that have reached beyond their time and place to speak to generations of readers all over the world. Many of his poems remain little known since they appeared in small magazines but were never collected, and a large number of them have yet to be published. In Storm for the Living and the Dead, Abel Debritto has curated a collection of rare and never- before-seen material-poems from obscure, hard-to-find magazines, as well as from libraries and private collections all over the country. In doing so, Debritto has captured the essence of Bukowski's inimitable poetic style-tough and hilarious but ringing with humanity. Storm for the Living and the Dead is a gift for any devotee of the Dirty Old Man of American letters.
Charles Bukowskis Erzahlband "e;Keinem schlagt die Stunde"e; bildet die ganz Bandbreite der Kunst des Dirty Old Man ab - ein Schatz aus der Truhe des verstorbenen Schriftstellers, jetzt erstmals auf Deutsch. Von fruhen, bislang unveroffentlichten Erzahlungen aus den vierziger Jahren bis zu den spaten Stucken, die Charles Bukowski in den Achtzigern schrieb, fuhrt der mit einem Seitenhieb auf Hemingway betitelte Band "e;Keinem schlagt die Stunde"e; durch Bukowskis ganze Entwicklung als Schriftsteller. In seinen autobiographischen Geschichten verarbeitete Bukowski Wunden seiner Kindheit und Jugend: das problematische Verhaltnis zu seinem Vater, seinen Auenseiter-Status als Deutsch-Amerikaner. Seine Erzahlungen spielen vor dem Hintergrund der sozialen und politischen Turbulenzen der USA der sechziger Jahre, Bukowski schrieb Science-Fiction und experimentierte mit dem Verschwimmen von Fakt und Fiktion und er illustrierte einige seiner Erzahlungen selbst. Charles Bukowskis Erzahlungen sind skandalos und frech, sie sind zynisch und lustern. "e;Keinem schlagt die Stunde"e; offnet einen neuen Blick auf die Vielfalt des groen US-amerikanischen Schriftstellers Charles Bukowski - ein Geschenk fur Fans des Dirty Old Man und ideal, um Bukowskis Werk kennenzulernen."e;In jeder Schaffensphase pochten seine Geschichten vor Leben."e; Kirkus Review
Neues uber eine der schillerndsten Figuren der amerikanischen LiteraturDer Einfluss von Charles Bukowskis Gedichten, Storys und Romanen auf die Literatur ist riesig. In diesen Briefen an Lektoren, Mzene, Verleger, Freunde und Schriftstellerkollegen gibt der Autor Auskunft ber den Schaffensprozess. Vom jungen Mann auf der Suche nach (auch finanzieller) Anerkennung bis hin zum alten und mden Bukowski - der Leser erhlt neue Einblicke in den schillerndsten Autor der Underground-Literatur. Das Leiden und weniger die Freude an der Arbeit, die Absurditten des Lebens und der Kunst - Bukowskis zutiefst menschlicher Fight um Geld, seine Leidenschaftlichkeit und zornige Lebenskunst machen ihn auch heute noch zur Ikone.
`The best poet in America' Jean Genet `He brought everybody down to earth, even the angels' Leonard Cohen The definitive collection from a writer whose transgressive legacy and raw, funny, acutely observant writing has left an enduring mark Here is Bukowski eating walnuts and scratching his back, rolling a cigarette while listening to Brahms, showering with Linda in the mid-afternoon. Here is Bukowski knowing that the secret is beyond him, that people who never go crazy live truly horrible lives, that there's a bluebird in his heart that wants to get out. Here is Bukowski at his most hilarious and heart-breaking, his most raw and profound; here is Bukowski at his best.
'The best poet in America' Jean Genet'He brought everybody down to earth, even the angels' Leonard CohenThe definitive collection from a writer whose transgressive legacy and raw, funny, acutely observant writing has left an enduring markHere is Bukowski eating walnuts and scratching his back, rolling a cigarette while listening to Brahms, showering with Linda in the mid-afternoon. Here is Bukowski knowing that the secret is beyond him, that people who never go crazy live truly horrible lives, that there's a bluebird in his heart that wants to get out. Here is Bukowski at his most hilarious and heart-breaking, his most raw and profound; here is Bukowski at his best.
In On Love, we see Charles Bukowski reckoning with the complications of love and desire. Alternating between the tough and the tender, the romantic and the gritty, Bukowski exposes the myriad faces of love in the poems collected here - its selfishness and its narcissism, its randomness, its mystery and its misery, and, ultimately, its true joyfulness, endurance and redemptive power. Whether writing about his daughter, his lover, or his work, Bukowski is fiercely honest and reflective, using love as a prism to look at the world and to view his own vulnerable place in it.
'A cat is only ITSELF, representative of the strong forces of life that won't let go' For Charles Bukowski there was something majestic and elemental about cats. He considered them to be sentient beings, whose searing gaze could penetrate deep into our being. Cats see into us; they are on to something. An illuminating portrait of one very special writer and a lifelong relationship with the animals he considered his most profound teachers, On Cats brings together Bukowski's reflections on the ruthless, resilient, indigent and endearing creatures he so admired.
A collection of previously unpublished letters from America's cult icon on the art of writing. Charles Bukowski was one of our most iconoclastic, raw and riveting writers, one whose stories, poems and novels have left an enduring mark on our culture. On Writing collects Bukowski's reflections and ruminations on the craft he dedicated his life to. Piercing, unsentimental and often hilarious, On Writing is filled not only with memorable lines but also with the author's trademark toughness, leavened with moments of grace, pathos and intimacy. In the previously unpublished letters to editors, friends and fellow writers collected here, Bukowski is brutally frank about the drudgery of work and uncompromising when it comes to the absurdities of life and of art.
Prin Hollywood Bukowski isi povesteste experientele de scenarist din vremea cand in anul 1987 lucra la turnarea unui film. Henry Chinaski celebrul alter ego al lui Bukowski revine de data aceasta cu un scenariu hollywoodian: The Dance of Jim Beam. Filmul este inspirat din experientele de scandalagiu petrecaret ale tanarului Chinaski pe cand acesta nu era inca un scriitor cunoscut. Pe masura ce protagonistul alaturi de iubita lui Sarah este prins de vartejul experientelor hollywoodiene Bukowski agata cu ironie in firul parodic al evenimentelor si nume cunoscute din lumea culturala transformandu-le doar pe alocuri rezonanta: Jon-Luc Modard filozoful Jean-Paul Sanrah Frances Ford Lopalla si un anume Victor Norman ce aminteste de Norman Mailer. Prin reaparitia lui Henry Chinaski cu pasiunile sale explozive pentru bautura femei si curse de cai prin ireverentiozitatea portretelor pe care le face Hollywood marcheaza inca un moment in evolutia romanelor autobiografice ale lui Charles Bukowski.
From the self-illustrated, unpublished work written in 1947 to hardboiled contributions to 1980s adult magazines, The Bells Tolls for No One presents the entire range of Bukowski's talent as a short story writer, from straight-up genre stories to postmodern blurring of fact and fiction. An informative introduction by editor David Stephen Calonne provides historical context for these seemingly scandalous and chaotic tales, revealing the hidden hand of the master at the top of his form. The uncollected gutbucket ramblings of the grand dirty old man of Los Angeles letters have been gathered in this characteristically filthy, funny compilation ...Bukowkski's gift was a sense for the raunchy absurdity of life, his writing a grumble that might turn into a belly laugh or a racking cough but that always throbbed with vital energy. --Kirkus Reviews Born in Andernach, Germany, and raised in Los Angeles, Charles Bukowski published his first story when he was twenty-four and began writing poetry at the age of thirty-five. His first book of poetry was published in 1959; he would eventually publish more than forty-five books of poetry and prose. He died of leukemia in San Pedro, California on March 9, 1994. David Stephen Calonne is the author of several books and has edited three previous collections of the uncollected work of Charles Bukowski for City Lights: Absence of the Hero, Portions from a Wine-Stained Notebook, and More Notes of a Dirty Old Man.
INTRODUCTION BY RODDY DOYLE 'He brought everyone down to earth, even the angels' LEONARD COHEN Charles Bukowski is one of the greatest authors of the twentieth century. The autobiographical Ham on Rye is widely considered his finest novel. A classic of American literature, it offers powerful insight into his youth through the prism of his alter-ego Henry Chinaski, who grew up to be the legendary Hank Chinaski of Post Office and Factotum.
Bukowski in a Nutshell - mit Illustrationen von Robert CrumbZwei Erzhlungen von Charles Bukowski aus dem Nachlass, mit Illustrationen von Robert Crumb. Ob sich ein abgehalfterter Alleinunterhalter auf der Bhne durch einen Strenfried im Publikum aus der Fassung bringen lsst oder ein Mann seine kranke Frau im Sanatorium besucht und gleichzeitig mit seiner Geliebten telefoniert - es sind vor allem die Verlierer der Gesellschaft, die Versager und Sufer, die Charles Bukowski mit unnachahmlicher Ehrlichkeit und in krassen Situationen beschreibt. Die beiden Erzhlungen erscheinen in deutscher Erstverffentlichung und in einer zweisprachigen Ausgabe.
Der abschlieende Band aus dem Nachlass von Charles Bukowski - jetzt als TaschenbuchDer Aussto des "e;Maulwurfsgenies"e; (Tom Waits) war zu Lebzeiten so eruptiv, dass selbst die zahllosen Untergrundmagazine ihn nicht fassen konnten: Nun begleicht er posthum seine Wettschulden in Sachen Ruhm und Nachleben - mit Geschichten von Exzess und Pferdewetten, mit uberbordenden Berichten von seinen beruchtigten Auftritten und von der Anstrengung, "e;einen auf Dichter zu machen"e;. Schlielich verlauft er sich sogar in Utah und steht allein im Wald.
"e;Die Trauerfeier fur meinen Vater lag mir im Magen wie eine kalte Bulette."e;"e;Der Mensch ist der Abschaum des Universums"e;, heit es gleich in der ersten Geschichte, und die restlichen 35 geben Gelegenheit, diese Theorie zu berprfen. Frauen und Mnner, Schriftsteller und Dichter, Auenseiter der Gesellschaft, die in billigen Hotels billige Befriedigung suchen - Bukowskis Charaktere haben viel gesehen und viel erlebt. Alkohol, Glcksspiel, Sex, das Altern und das Schreiben - die Storys umfassen die Themen, mit denen sich Bukowski Zeit seines Lebens befasst hat und die er in dieser minimalistischen Form prgnant, hart und ungeschnt auf den Punkt bringt. Ein Muss fr alle Bukowski-Fans, gerade auch in der jngeren Generation.
Erstmals als Taschenbuch - aus dem Nachlass von Charles Bukowski1969 machten die Aufzeichnungen eines Dirty Old Man Charles Bukowski von einem wohlgehuteten Geheimtipp des Undergrounds zu einem beruchtigten Kultautor. Auf der Spur seiner legendaren Obsessionen - Sex, Alkohol und Glucksspiel - erkunden seine Texte die groe Politik und die kleinen Dinge, sein flackerndes Verhaltnis zu Frauen und seine Versuche, sich als Dichter im Zirkus der Lesereisen zu beweisen. Ein Leben auf Messers Schneide."e;Der geniale Maulwurf hat uns weitere Texte hinterlassen, und sie sind Volltreffer - da kommen einem die Tranen."e; Tom Waits
Die besten der Dirty Old Man-Kolumnen von Charles Bukowski - mit einem neuen Nachwort"e;Ich habe hier Kolumnen aus annahernd 14 Monaten zusammengestellt. Ich hoffe, da Ihnen das Zeug was sagt. Wenn Sie mir Geld schicken wollen, in Ordnung. Wenn Siemich dafur hassen wollen, auch in Ordnung."e; Charles Bukowski
Erstmals als Taschenbuch - aus dem Nachlass von Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski war vielleicht der umstrittenste Skandalautor der amerikanischen Literatur des 20. Jahrhunderts. Das weingetrankte Notizbuch enthalt eine umfangreiche Auswahl von lange verschollenen Texten Bukowskis, die er fur Underground-Zeitungen, Literaturzeitschriften und sogar Pornomagazine schrieb. Diese grotenteils zum ersten Mal auf Deutsch erscheinenden Erzahlungen, Essays und Zeitungskolumnen zeigen Bukowski in seiner ganzen Meisterschaft - Bukowski at his best."e;Der geniale Maulwurf hat uns weitere Texte hinterlassen, und sie sind Volltreffer - da kommen einem die Tranen."e; Tom Waits
He loads his head full of coal and diamonds shoot out of his finger tips. What a trick. The mole genius has left us with another digest. It's a full house--read 'em and weep. --Tom Waits After toiling in obscurity for years, Charles Bukowski suddenly found fame in 1967 with his autobiographical newspaper column, Notes of a Dirty Old Man, and a book of that name in 1969. He continued writing this column, in one form or another, through the mid-1980s. More Notes of a Dirty Old Man gathers many uncollected gems from the column's twenty-year run. Drawn from ephemeral underground publications, these stories and essays haven't been seen in decades, making More a valuable addition to Bukowski's oeuvre. Filled with his usual obsessions--sex, booze, gambling--More features Bukowski's offbeat insights into politics and literature, his tortured, violent relationships with women, and his lurid escapades on the poetry reading circuit. Highlighting his versatility, the book ranges from thinly veiled autobiography to purely fictional tales of dysfunctional suburbanites, disgraced politicians, and down-and-out sports promoters, climaxing with a long, hilarious adventure among French filmmakers, My Friend the Gambler, based on his experiences making the movie Barfly. From his lowly days at the post office through his later literary fame, More follows the entire arc of Bukowski's colorful career. Edited by Bukowski scholar David Stephen Calonne, More Notes of a Dirty Old Man features an afterword outlining the history of the column and its effect on the author's creative development. Born in Andernach, Germany in 1920, Charles Bukowski came to California at age three and spent most of his life in Los Angeles. He died in San Pedro, California, on March 9, 1994.
'I wrote letters to many in those days ... it was rather my way of screaming from my cage.' The 1960's saw Charles Bukowski struggle for recognition and slowly emerge as a unique, talented and prolific poet and writer, whilst holding down a day job at the Post Office. During the 1970's and 80's Bukowski writes about his own fame, his contemporaries and his good fortunes; at the end of the 70's we see him beginning to enjoy the fruits of his labour. These letters to various literary contacts, friends and lovers provide an intimate and fascinating look at Bukowski's mind, his emotions, his attitude towards his own creativity and the comings and goings of his daily life.
Charles Bukowski was a uniguely talented and prolific writer, best known for his Beat Generation writing that reflected his experience of low life urban America. Selected Letters Volume 4 collects together correspondence with various friends, lovers and literary contacts, providing an intimate and fascinating insight into Bolowski's mind, his emotions and his attitude towards his own creativity, right up until his death in 1994.
The Walt Whitman of Los Angeles. -Joyce Carol Oates He brought everybody down to earth, even the angels. -Leonard Cohen, songwriter Arguably the most imitated and influential American poet of the previous half-century, Charles Bukowski remains a counter-culture icon more than a decade after his death. The Continual Condition is a collection of never-before-published poems by the inimitable Bukowski-raw, tough, odes to alcohol, women, work, and despair by a rebel author equally adept at poetry and prose. Charles Bukowski lives on in The Continual Condition, a godsend for admirers of his previous collections Slouching Toward Nirvana, The Pleasures of the Damned, and Love is a Dog From Hell, as well as his novels Factotum, Ham on Rye, and Pulp.
Everyone's favorite Dirty Old Man returns with a new volume of uncollected work. Charles Bukowski (1920--1994), one of the most outrageous figures of twentieth-century American literature, was so prolific that many significant pieces never found their way into his books. Absence of the Hero contains much of his earliest fiction, unseen in decades, as well as a number of previously unpublished stories and essays. The classic Bukowskian obsessions are here: sex, booze, and gambling, along with trenchant analysis of what he calls Playing and Being the Pet. Among the book's highlights are tales of his infamous public readings ( The Big Dope Reading, I Just Write Poetry So I Can Go to Bed with Girls ); a review of his own first book; hilarious installments of his newspaper column, Notes of a Dirty Old Man, including meditations on neo-Nazis and driving in Los Angeles; and an uncharacteristic tale of getting lost in the Utah woods ( Bukowski Takes a Trip ). Yet the book also showcases the other Bukowski-an astute if offbeat literary critic. From his own Manifesto to his account of poetry in Los Angeles ( A Foreword to These Poets ) to idiosyncratic evaluations of Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, LeRoi Jones, and Louis Zukofsky, Absence of the Hero reveals the intellectual hidden beneath the gruff exterior. Our second volume of his uncollected prose, Absence of the Hero is a major addition to the Bukowski canon, essential for fans, yet suitable for new readers as an introduction to the wide range of his work. He loads his head full of coal and diamonds shoot out of his finger tips. What a trick. The mole genius has left us with another digest. It's a full house--read 'em and weep. --Tom Waits This second volume of Bukowski's uncollected stories and essays offers all that Bukowski is known for--wry obscenity, smutty wisdom, seeming ramblings whose hidden smarts catch you unaware--but in addition there are moments here in which he takes off the mask and strips away the bravado to show himself at his most vulnerable and human. A must for Bukowski aficionados. --Brian Evenson, author of Last Days and The Open Curtain Like a brass-rail Existentialist or a skid-row Transcendentalist, [Bukowski] is candid, unblinking, leaving it to his readers to cast their own judgment about his mishaps, his drinking, his sexual appetite or his own pessimism. He is Ralph Waldo Emerson as a Dirty Old Man, not lounging in the grape-arbor of Concord, Massachusetts, but bent-over a table in an L.A. flophouse scribbling in pencil to the strains of Sibelius. --Paul Maher Jr., Phawker [Bukowski] could be generous and mean-spirited, heroic and defensive, spot-on and slanted, but he became the world-class writer he had set out to be; he has joined the permanent anti-canon or shadow-canon whose denizens had shown him the way. Today the frequent allusions to him in both popular and mainstream culture tend more to respect than mockery. If scholarship has lagged, this book would indicate that this situation is changing. --Gerald Locklin, Resources for American Literary Study The pieces range over nearly half a century, and include a story about a baseball player seized by a sudden bout of existential paralysis, along with early, graphically sexual (and masterfully comic) stories published in such smut mags as Candid Press. --Penthouse An absolute must for fans of Charles Bukowski's work, Absence of a Hero is also a welcome addition to public and college library literary studies shelves. --Midwest Book Review
Henry Chinaski is a lowlife loser with a hand-to-mouth existence. His menial post office day job supports a life of beer, one-night stands and racetracks. Lurid, uncompromising and hilarious, Post Office is a landmark in American literature, and over 1 million copies have been sold worldwide. The new edition is augmented with an anecdotal introduction by the modern Welsh cult-literary author, Niall Griffiths - a writer who was working in a British post office when he first read Bukowski's Post Office.
Charles Bukowski's brilliant, fantastical pastiche of a detective story. Packed with wit, invention and Bukowski's trademark lowlife adventures, it is the final novel of one of the most enjoyable and influential cult writers of the last century. Nicky Belane, private detective and career alcoholic, is a troubled man. He is plagued not just by broads, booze, lack of cash and a raging ego, but also by the surreal jobs he's been hired to do. Not only has been hired to track down French classical author Celine - who's meant to be dead - but he's also supposed to find the elusive Red Sparrow - which may or may not be real.
Henry Chinaski, an outcast, a loner and a hopeless drunk, drifts around America from one dead-end job to another, from one woman to another and from one bottle to the next. Uncompromising, gritty, hilarious and confessional in turn, his downward spiral is peppered with black humour. Factotum follows Charles Bukowski's bestselling Post Office, his highly autobiographical first novel. Bukowski's Beat Generation writing reflects his slum upbringing, his succession of menial jobs and his experience of low life urban America. He died in 1994 and is widely acknowledged as one of the most distinctive writers of the last fifty years. Neeli Cherkovski was a close friend of Bukowski and is the author of Hank: The Life of Charles Bukowski (Random House, 1991)
YOU CAN TAKE THE MAN OUT OF THE GUTTER, BUT YOU CAN'T TAKE THE GUTTER OUT OF THE MAN Low life writer and alcoholic Henry Chinaski was born to survive. Now, at the age of fifty, he is living the life of a rock star, running three hundred hangovers a year and a sex life that would cripple Casanova. Women is a riotous and uncompromisingly vivid account of life on the edge.
Charles Bukowski (1920-1994), one of the most outrageous and controversial figures of 20th-century American literature, was so prolific that many important pieces were never collected during his lifetime. Portions is a substantial selection of these wide-ranging works, most of which have been unavailable since their original appearance in underground newspapers, literary journals, even porno mags. Among the highlights are his first published short story, Aftermath of a Lengthy Rejection Slip ; his last short story, The Other ; his first and last essays; and the first installment of his famous Notes of a Dirty Old Man column. The book contains meditations on his familiar themes (drinking, horse-racing, etc.) as well as singular discussions of such figures as Artaud, Pound, and the Rolling Stones. Other significant works include the experimental title piece; a fictionalized account of meeting his hero, John Fante ( I Meet the Master ); an unflinching review of Hemingway ( An Old Drunk Who Ran Out of Luck ); the intense, autobiographical Dirty Old Man Confesses ; and several discussions of his aesthetics ( A Rambling Essay on Poetics and the Bleeding Life Written While Drinking a Six-Pack (Tall), In Defense of a Certain Type of Poetry, a Certain Type of Life, a Certain Type of Blood-Filled Creature Who Will Someday Die, and Upon the Mathematics of the Breath and the Way , revealing an unexpectedly learned mind behind his seemingly offhand productions. Portions From a Wine-Stained Notebook is essential reading for Bukowski fans, as well as a good introduction for new readers of this innovative, unconventional writer. Finally, after Bukowski's nearly 50 published books: novels, short stories, poetry, letters, essays, etc. David Calonne has unearthed Portions From a Wine-Stained Notebook, the previously missing link in Bukowski's oeuvre that suddenly makes everything come clear. --John Martin, Black Sparrow Press You know, I just think this is really hot. Among its many gifts, Portions from a Wine-Stained Notebook has one of the best lesbian sex scenes I ever read. I read Bukowski standing up one day in a bookstore (City Lights) and thought he did it too. What Henry Miller did. He wrote American. When it meant something good. Fucked up, male, but incredibly true. In a distinct rhythm. --Eileen Myles, author of Sorry, Tree and Cool for You Bukowski wrote the way he lived, and Portions from a Wine-Stained Notebook is as vivid, bad-ass, screamingly funny, and gutter-angelic as the man himself. Reading these stories and essays, you can hear the beating heart of the poet in every line. Bukowski never wasted a word, and this collection should go far towards shining a light on prose in danger of being lost in the shadow of its larger-than-life author. Those new to his work will have the good fortune of discovering a writer who could break your heart, make you howl, and slap you off your bar-stool you in a single sentence. In a world long since gone lousy with faux hard-living typers and posers, he was the original. --Jerry Stahl author of Permanent Midnight, Perv, Plainclothes Naked, and I, Fatty. Charles Bukowski (1920-1994) published his first story when he was twenty-four and began writing poetry at the age of thirty-five. His first book of poetry was published in 1959; he went on to publish more than forty-five books of poetry and prose, including books published by City Lights Publishers such as Notes of a Dirty Old Man, More Notes of a Dirty Old Man, The Most Beautiful Woman in Town, Tales of Ordinary Madness, Portions from a Wine-Stained Notebook, and Absence of the Hero.
Surfacing from the literary underground, Bukowski's wild and immortal stories have become cult favourites. This collection of anecdotal short stories demonstrates Bukowski's compelling semi-autobiographical style and his mastery of visceral language and the depiction of seamy underworlds. Focusing on themes that recur throughout his work, from Los Angeles and bar culture to alcoholism, gambling, sex and violence, these pieces also introduce unexpected elements of fantasy and surrealism.
Inspired by D.H. Lawrence, Chekhov and Hemingway, Bukowski's writing is passionate, extreme and has attracted a cult following, while his life was as weird and wild as the tales he wrote. This collection of short stories gives an insight into the dark, dangerous lowlife of Los Angeles that Bukowski inhabited. From prostitutes to classical music, Bukowski ingeniously mixes high and low culture in his 'tales of ordinary madness'. These are angry yet tender, humorous and haunting portrayals of life in the underbelly of Los Angeles.
Bukowski's unmistakable charisma - an ex-down-and-outer who wrote of booze and loneliness in maverick, confident free verse - made him one of the world's most popular poets long before he died in 1994. More than a decade later, death has not slowed his production. This collection is selected from an archive of verse that the author left to be published after his death. It includes poems of love and sex, advice to so-called losers (as he once was) to have confidence in themselves (as he did), gambling laments and humbling poems accepting his own imminent ultimate full stop.
Beginning in 1967, Bukowski wrote the column Notes of A Dirty Old Man for the underground newspaper Open City. Perennially drunk, broke and in search of a woman, Bukowski takes on the guise of a wise fool as he ventures through America's seedy lowlife. Peopled by Kerouac, Burroughs and other much less salubrious characters, his exploits provoke humour and despair, whilst highlighting the inherent beauty and futility of life.
Bukowski's alter ego, Henry Chinaski, returns, revelling in his eternal penchant for booze, women and horse-racing as he makes the precarious journey from poet to screenwriter. Based on Bukowski's experiences when working on the film Barfly, the absurdity and egotism of the film industry are laid bare in this deadpan, touching and funny glimpse into the endless negotiations and back-stabbings of La La land. Hollywood is an irreverent roman a clef that serves up the beating heart of Hollywood with razor-sharp humour.
Charles Bukowski was one of America's best-known writers and one of its most influential and imitated poets. Although he published over 45 books of poetry, hundreds of his poems were kept by him and his publisher for posthumous publication. This is the first collection of these unique poems.
if you read this after I am dead It means I made it - The Creation Coffin The People Look like Flowers at Last is the last of five collections of never-before published poetry from the late great Dirty Old Man, Charles Bukowski. In it, he speaks on topics ranging from horse racing to military elephants, lost love to the fear of death. He writes extensively about writing, and about talking to people about writers such as Camus, Hemingway, and Stein. He writes about war and fatherhood and cats and women. Free from the pressure to present a consistent persona, these poems present less of an aggressively disruptive character, and more a world-weary and empathetic person.
Charles Bukowski was one of America's best-known writers and one of its most influential and imitated poets. His slum upbringing, his succession of menial jobs and his experience of gritty urban America are all reflected in his Best Generation writing and poetry, for which he became a cult figure. Although in his lifetime Bukowski published over 45 books of poetry, hundreds of his poems were reserved for publication after his death. Following on from the success of three previous volumes, this fourth collection of these unique and previously unpublished poems, which Bukowski considered to be among his finest work, is essential for all readers and collectors of one of the most distinctive writers of recent years.
I wrote letters to many in those days ...it was rather my way of screaming from my cage.' The 1960's saw Charles Bukowski struggle for recognition and slowly emerge as a unique, talented and prolific poet and writer, whilst holding down a day job at the Post Office. In Selected Letters: Volume 2 we see Bukowski becoming accustomed to his career as a professional writer. These letters to various friends, lovers and literary contacts provide an intimate and fascinating look at Bukowski's mind, his emotions, his attitude towards his own creativity and the comings and goings of his daily life.
Charles Bukowski was one of America's best-known writers and one of its most influential and imitated poets. Although he published over 45 books of poetry, hundreds of his poems were kept by him and his publisher for posthumous publication. This is the first collection of these unique poems, which Bukowski considered to be among his best work.
Charles Bukowski was one of America's best-known writers and one of its most influential and imitated poets. Although he published over 45 books of poetry, hundreds of his poems were kept by him and his publisher for posthumous publication. This is the first collection of these unique poems.
Sabic, Bukowski, and their contributors examine the efforts, thus far fruitless. of Slovenia to achieve full membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The rejection of the Slovenian application received considerable attention, both in Europe and in the United States. Within Slovenia, the rejection was seen as a heavy blow to its government. Policymakers and scholars alike have been sorting out the reasons for this political defeat, with the Slovenian government sponsoring this volume to better understand its options and the positions of other small states in the international community. Early in the post-socialist era, Slovenia viewed full North Atlantic Treaty Organization membership as one of its major political goals. Yet, this goal has not yet been accomplished, with only the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland admitted during the first round of NATO enlargement. The rejection of the Slovenian application received considerable attention, both in Europe and in the United States. Furthermore, the fact that Slovenia did not qualify for the first round of NATO expansion has been perceived in Slovenia as a heavy blow to its government. Policymakers and scholars alike are still sorting out the reasons for this political defeat.
This collection of previously unpublished poems offers the author's take on squabbling neighbours, off-kilter lovers, would-be hangers-on, and the loneliness of a man afflicted with acute powers of observation. The tone is gritty and amusing, spiralling out towards a cock-eyed wisdom.
This second posthumous collection from Charles Bukowski takes readers deep into the raw, wild vein of writing that extends from the early 70s to the 1990s.
A book length collaboration between two underground legends, Charles Bukowski and Robert Crumb. Bukowski's last journals candidly and humorously reveal the events in the writer's life as death draws inexorably nearer, thereby illuminating our own lives and natures, and to give new meaning to what was once only familiar. Crumb has illustrated the text with 12 full-page drawings and a portrait of Bukowski.
This is a collection of 175 previously unpublished works by Bukowski. It contains yarns about his childhood in the Depression and his early literary passions, his apprentice days as a hard-drinking, starving poetic aspirant, and his later years when he looks back at fate with defiance.
Betting on the Muse is a combination of hilarious poetry and stories. Charles Bukowski writes about the real life of a working man and all that comes with it.
The best of Bukowski's novels, stories, and poems, this collection reads like an autobiography, relating the extraordinary story of his life and offering a sometimes harrowing, invariably exhilarating reading experience. A must for this counterculture idol's legion of fans.
War All the Time is a selection of poetry from the early 1980s. Charles Bukowski shows that he is still as pure as ever but he has evolved into a slightly happier man that has found some fame and love. These poems show how he grapples with his past and future colliding.
Play the Piano introduces Charles Bukowski's poetry from the 1970s. He leads a life full of gambling and booze but also finds love. These poems are full of lechery and romance as he struggles to mature.
The Roominghouse Madrigals is a selection of poetry from Charles Bukowski's early work. It shows a slightly softer side to the beloved barfly.
First published in 1977, Love Is a Dog from Hell is a collection of Bukowski's poetry from the mid-seventies. A classic in the Bukowski canon, Love Is a Dog from Hell is a raw, lyrical, exploration of the exigencies, heartbreaks, and limits of love.
South of No North is a collection of short stories written by Charles Bukowski that explore loneliness and struggles on the fringes of society.
There is not a wasted word in Dangling in the Tournefortia, a selection of poems full of wit, struggles, perception, and simplicity. Charles Bukowski writes of women, gambling and booze while his words remain honest and pure.
Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame is poetry full of gambling, drinking and women. Charles Bukowski writes realistically about the seedy underbelly of life.
Mockingbird Wish Me Luck captures glimpses of Charles Bukowski's view on life through his poignant poetry: the pain, the hate, the love, and the beauty. He writes of lechery and pain while finding still being able to find its beauty.
Charles Bukowski examines cats and his childhood in You Get So Alone at Times, a book of poetry that reveals his tender side. He delves into his youth to analyze its repercussions.
The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses is a book of poems written by Charles Bukowski for Jane, his first love. These poems explore a more emotional side to Charles Bukowski.
Septuagenarian Stew is a combination of poetry and stories written by Charles Bukowski that delve into the lives of different people on the backstreets of Los Angeles. He writes of the housewife, the bum, the gambler and the celebrity to evoke a portrait of Los Angeles
Poems deal with writing, death and immortality, literature, city life, illness, war, and the past.
With his characteristic raw and minimalist style, Charles Bukowski takes us on a walk through his side of town in Hot Water Music. He gives us little vignettes of depravity and lasciviousness, bite sized pieces of what is both beautiful and grotesque. The stories in Hot Water Music dash around the worst parts of town - a motel room stinking of sick, a decrepit apartment housing a perpetually arguing couple, a bar tended by a skeleton - and depict the darkest parts of human existence. Bukowski talks simply and profoundly about the underbelly of the working class without raising judgement. In the way he writes about sex, relationships, writing, and inebriation, Bukowski sets the bar for irreverent art - his work inhabits the basest part of the mind and the most extreme absurdity of the everyday.
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