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From Publishers Weekly Always the iconoclast striving for a kind of literary raunch, the internationally acclaimed Bukowski ( Ham on Rye ), who died recently, leaves us with this spoof of the hardboiled detective genre, featuring an L.­A.-­based private investigator named Nick Belane. As the title makes clear, this novel is dedicated to bad writing, and readers who choose to ignore this warning and plunge ahead will soon know why. A spoof should be funnier and sharper than what it is spoofing but, compared to Hammett and Chandler, Pulp is quite simply trash. In the opening pages, Belane is paid a visit by a lady in red named Lady Death, who turns out to be death itself looking for the French author Celine, who should have died a long time ago but hasn't. Belane's search for Celine leads him to some space aliens who have assumed human shape, and to some juvenile encounters with an unhappily married couple. Along the way, every woman he meets is a dish, and every man is a dumb thug. . . .

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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, comical and confessional in turn, his downward spiral is peppered with black humour.

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Low-­life writer and unrepentant alcoholic Henry Chinaski was born to survive. After decades of slacking off at low-­paying dead-­end jobs, blowing his cash on booze and women, and scrimping by in flea-­bitten apartments, Chinaski sees his poetic star rising at last. Now, at fifty, he is reveling in his sudden rock-­star life, running three hundred hangovers a year, and maintaining a sex life that would cripple Casanova. With all of Bukowski's trademark humor and gritty, dark honesty, this 1978 follow-­up to and is an uncompromising account of life on the edge.

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In what is widely hailed as the best of his many novels, Charles Bukowski details the long, lonely years of his own hardscrabble youth in the raw voice of alter ego Henry Chinaski. From a harrowingly cheerless childhood in Germany through acne-­riddled high school years and his adolescent discoveries of alcohol, women, and the Los Angeles Public Library's collection of D. H. Lawrence, offers a crude, brutal, and savagely funny portrait of an outcast's coming-­of-­age during the desperate days of the Great Depression.

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is poetry full of gambling, drinking and women. Charles Bukowski writes realistically about the seedy underbelly of life.

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From Publishers Weekly Bukowski ( The Roominghouse Madrigals ) has written over 30 books of poetry and fiction in which he uses the persona of the artistic bum with reasonable success. In this flimsy novel, Henry Chinaski is asked to write a screenplay, and thus Bukowski continues his thinly disguised autobiography (Bukowski himself wrote the screenplay for the recent, self-­referential Barfly ). When all the Hollywood types Chinaski encounters--­directors, lawyers, producers, actors, actresses--­fit the same drunken-­outcast-­but-­artistic-­genius mold, Bukowski seems to have exhausted his resourcefulness. His characters lose their individuality and the novel lacks force and perspective. This book deteriorates into juvenile satire in which familiar, real-­life figures appear with the letters of their names shifted slightly: the famous director Jon-­Luc Modard, the philosopher Jean-­Paul Sanrah, Frances Ford Lopalla and an obvious Norman Mailer stand-­in called Victor Norman. Copyright 1989 . . .

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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.

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Review 'Very funny, very sad, and despite its self-­congratulatory tone, honest in most of the right places. In many ways, Bukowski may have been the perfect writer to describe post-­war southern California - a land of wide, flat spaces with nothing worth seeing, so you might as well vanish into yourself. In an age of conformity, Bukowski wrote about the people nobody wanted to be: the ugly, the selfish, the lonely, the mad.­' --­The Observer Wordsworth, Whitman, William Carlos Willams, and the Beats in their respective generations moved poetry toward a more natural language. Bukowski moved in a little further. --­Los Angeles Times Book Review About the Author Charles Bukowski is one of America's best-­known contemporary writers of poetry and prose, and, many would claim, its most influential and imitated poet. He was born in Andernach, Germany, and raised in Los Angeles, where he lived for fifty years. He published his first story in 1944, when he was twenty-­four, and began writing . . .

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Poems deal with writing, death and immortality, literature, city life, illness, war, and the past.

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Books of Charles Bukowski