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Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski gimė 1920 metais, Andernache, Vokietijoje. Kai jam sukako treji, šeima persikėlė į JAV. Jis užaugo Los Andžele, kuriame praleido didžiąją dalį savo gyvenimo ir kuris tapo daugelio jo kūrinių pagrindu. Pirmąjį savo apsakymą jis išspausdino dar 1944 metais, būdamas dvidešimt ketverių, o poeziją rašyti pradėjo gana vėlai - trisdešimt penkerių.

Pirmasis ir vienas geriausių Charles Bukowski romanų „Paštas“ – negailestinga dugne atsidūrusio žmogaus gyvenimo kronika, alkoholiko gyvenimo dienoraštis, aštri beprasmiškos, bukinančios sistemos satyra, o kartu ir nuoširdi, gal net sentimentali graudžių meilės istorijų, knyga.

Autoriaus alter ego – Henris Činaskis, pašto tarnautojas, girtuoklis, lošėjas, mergišius, atsiskyrėlis, didžiulės emocinės jėgos ir juodojo humoro kupiname pasakojime, atveriantis skaitytojui negailestingą Amerikos tikrovę. Kaip teigia pats autorius, šią knygą parašyti jam prireikė dvidešimties naktų, dvidešimties pintų viskio, trisdešimt penkių pakuočių alaus ir aštuoniasdešimties cigarų.

Amerikos literatūrai Charles Bukowski svarbus visu pirma kaip unikalaus stiliaus poetas, kurio klausėsi, sekė ir mėgdžiojo keletas Amerikos literatų kartų. Jau pagarsėjusio, tačiau turinčio stačioko ir girtuoklio reputaciją poeto skaitymai dažnai pasibaigdavo skandalais, tačiau jis buvo kviečiamas į geriausius Amerikos universitetus ir literatūrinius klubus. Nonkonformizmas, sąžiningumas, humoras, saviironija, – tai kas iš tiesų „vežė“ Amerikos literatūrinę publiką – buvo charakteringi ne tik rašytojo kūrybai bet ir asmenybei.

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Charles Bukowski mirė 1994 m., ką tik pabaigęs savo paskutinį romaną Pulp (Skaitalas). Jis išleido virš keturiasdešimt penkių poezijos ir prozos knygų, tarp kurių tokie romanai kaip Post Office (1971, liet. „Paštas“, 2004), Factotum 1975, Women (1978, liet. „Moterys“, 2006 m.), Ham on Rye (1982)”, Holywood (1989) ir apsakymų rinkiniai Notes of a Dirty Old Man (1969) Most Beautiful Women in Town (1973).

Paskutinysis Charles Bukowski romanas „Skaitalas“ (Pulp, 1994) – postmodernistinis ironijos, mistikos ir juodojo jumoro kokteilis, dedikuotas prastai literatūrai ir parašytas kaip geltonosios literatūros parodija.

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Charles Bukowski niekada nesiejo savęs su Beat kartos rašytojais Jack Keruac ar Allen Ginsberg, tačiau jo nonkonformistinis, tiesmukiškas literatūrinis stilius leidžia jį priskirti šiai literatūrinei tradicijai.

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Charles Bukowski

Hot Water Music

13.61 €   Kaina: 12,50 €

Hot Water Music is a collection of short stories by Charles Bukowski, published in 1983. The collection deals largely with: drinking, women, gambling, and writing. It is an important collection that establishes Bukowski's minimalist style and his thematic oeuvre.

Charles Bukowski

On Writing

22.00 €   Kaina: 16,50 €

'If a man truly desires to write, then he will. Rejection and ridicule will only strengthen him ...There is no losing in writing, it will make your toes laugh as you sleep, it will make you stride like a tiger, it will fire the eye and put you face to face with death. You will die a fighter, you will be honored in hell. The luck of the word. Go with it, send it.' 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. 

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The People Look Like Flowers at Last

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the gas line is leaking, the bird is gone from the 
cage, the skyline is dotted with vultures;
Benny finally got off the stuff and Betty now has a job
as a waitress; and
the chimney sweep was quite delicate as he
giggled up through the 
soot.
I walked miles through the city and recognized
nothing as a giant claw ate at my 
stomach while the inside of my head felt 
airy as if I was about to go 
mad.
it’s not so much that nothing means 
anything but more that it keeps meaning
nothing,
there’s no release, just gurus and self-
appointed gods and hucksters.
the more people say, the less there is to say.
even the best books are dry sawdust.
—from "fingernails; nostrils; shoelaces"

Charles Bukowski

Ham on Rye

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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.

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The Days Run Away Like Horses Over the Hills

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Bukowski is the real deal. Good poems about cats, women, drinking, The American Dream, the death of his lover, war, being a new dad, a bullfight (described better than Hemingway did) etc... Life, etc... - Jake, a reader on The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over the Hills

Charles Bukowski

Notes of a Dirty Old Man

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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.

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Factotum

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

Charles Bukowski

Tales of Ordinary Madness

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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.

Charles Bukowski

Women

Kaina: 12,00 €

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

Pulp: A Novel

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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.

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