Des ivrognes. Des brutes. Des assassins. Ils se saoulent dans des bars de l´Est Hollywood, ils tabassent des policiers, il leur arrive même de violer des cadavres, dans une expédition bouffonne. Tels sont les (anti) héros des récits composant ces Nouveaux contes de la folie ordinaire. Où le légendaire « Buck » s´en prend une nouvelle fois à l´intolérance de l´Amérique de la réussite et de l´argent. Bienvenue parmi les marginaux magnifiés, princes et seigneurs de la misère.
« Je préfère les chiens aux êtres humains, les chats aux chiens, et moi plus que tous les précédents quand je suis saoul, en sous-vêtements, et debout devant ma fenêtre ».
Charles BukowskiEn 1969, Charles Bukowski, écrivain underground inconnu du grand public, fut projeté sur la scène internationale avec la parution du Journal d´un Vieux dégueulasse. Cette première édition n´avait repris qu´une quarantaine des chroniques qu´il avait écrites durant vingt ans ; certaines allaient ensuite nourrir Contes et Nouveaux contes de la folie ordinaire (1972), Au sud de nulle part (1973), Je t´aime Albert (1983), entre autres.Le Retour du Vieux dégueulasse réunit en un volume celles qui seraient injustement tombées dans l´oubli. Cet ensemble constitue une espèce de gigantesque « roman à clef » grâce auquel Charles Bukowski a pu laisser vagabonder son imagination. Transgressant tous les tabous, il nous livre ses explorations de toutes les formes de sexualité, toutes les « perversions », toutes les « déviances ». Son humour permet à ses personnages, l´air de rien, « de laisser voir leur véritable nature »
Ce recueil de chroniques et de nouvelles inédites met en évidence la richesse et la variété de l´oeuvre de Bukowski. Ses deux premières histoires témoignent de la double orientation stylistique qui marquera toute sa carrière de prosateur - « Contrecoup d´une lettre de refus plus longue qu´à l´ordinaire » (1944) trace le portrait imaginaire d´un jeune artiste épris d´idéal, un rebelle doublé d´un amuseur tandis que dans « 20 chars de plus, et Kasseldown tombait » (1946), il change de ton et donne dans la noirceur absolue. Bukowski confronte son personnage de prisonnier à une désespérante solitude spirituelle, comme s´il écrivait lui aussi du fond du souterrain, piégé dans une cellule trop petite pour un homme de sa carrure, mais qui s´en sort grâce à son sens de l´humour et à son goût de l´autodérision.
Dans sa dernière méditation sur l´écriture, « Les Bases », 1991, Bukowski apure les comptes et tire la leçon : « Plus mes phrases se rapprocheraient de la concision et du naturel, moins j´aurais de chances de me tromper et de tricher... Les mots étaient des balles, des rayons de soleil, ils n´avaient d´autre but que de contrarier le destin et mettre un terme à la damnation. »
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 - clef that serves up the beating heart of Hollywood with razor-sharp humour.
Henry Chinaski is a low life 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.
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.
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.
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.
Charles Bukowski was one of America's best-known writers abnd 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, which Bukowski considered to be among his best work.
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.
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. Memorably moving and, at times, hilarious, On Love reveals Bukowski at his most candid and affecting.