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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.

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The Last Night of the Earth Poems

Kaina: 13,00 €

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

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Love Is a Dog from Hell

Kaina: 11,30 €

Poems rising from and returning to Bukowski's personal experiences reflect people, objects, places, and events of the external world, and reflects on them, on their way out and back.

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The People Look Like Flowers at Last

Kaina: 13,00 €

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

On Cats

20.00 €   Kaina: 14,50 €

'A cat is only ITSELF,' Bukowski wrote. 'Representative of the strong forces of life that won't let go' A raw and tenderly funny look at the relationship between cats and humans from one of the world's most treasured and transgressive writers 'The cat is the beautiful devil' 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. Funny, moving, tough, and caring, On Cats brings together the acclaimed writer's reflections on these animals he so admired. We also see these creatures at their most ruthless and most resilient: they are fighters, hunters, survivors who command awe and respect as they grip tightly onto the world around them. On Cats gives an illuminating portrait of one very special writer and a lifelong relationship with the animals he considered his most profound teachers.

Charles Bukowski

You Get So Alone at Times That It Just Makes Sense

Kaina: 11,30 €

While the Beat Generation was making its headway in literature with the likes of On the Road and Howl, Bukowski was, in most instances, dead drunk. In the post-World War II lit movement where the Beat Generation found its threshold, Bukowski was in engaged in what was to be a ten-year alcohol induced stupor predicated on his failure to initially break in the literary world. He actually wrote in a time after the Beat Generation, and this perhaps have brought contentions of whether he is actually a Beatnik himself. If the Beat Generation talks about bohemian hedonism advancing a firm denial of conformity through experimentation with drugs, repudiation of social constructs of gender and sexuality, negation of societal materialism, and most importantly, the depiction of human condition and emotion in its truest and most explicit state, then, this collection pretty much speaks for itself and saying that he really is part of the generation is not an unfounded conclusion. 

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The Days Run Away Like Horses Over the Hills

Kaina: 11,30 €

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

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Tales of Ordinary Madness

Kaina: 11,01 €

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.

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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.

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The Most Beautiful Woman in Town

Kaina: 12,00 €

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

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