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Portions from a Wine-Stained Notebook: Uncollected Stories and Essays, 1944-1990 (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 1. September 2008

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Als Charles Bukowski am 9. März 1994 in Los Angeles starb, hinterließ er Gedichte, Short Storys, mehrere Romane, ein Drehbuch und unzählige Briefe. Er wurde 1920 im rheinland-pfälzischen Andernach als Sohn eines GI und einer Deutschen geboren. 1923 zog die Familie nach Baltimore/USA. Vom prügelnden Vater drangsaliert und von Akne gequält, flüchtete sich der Jugendliche in die Welt der Literatur. Sein Journalistik-Studium brach er ab, zog kreuz und quer durch die USA und hielt sich mit allerlei Jobs über Wasser. In der Folgezeit wurden in Literaturzeitschriften Texte und Gedichte Bukowskis publiziert, ganze Gedichtbände entstanden. Sein erster Roman "Post Office" ("Der Mann mit der Ledertasche") erschien 1970, gleichzeitig kamen in deutscher Sprache die "Aufzeichnungen eines Außenseiters" heraus.



"Bukowski's strength is in the sheer bulk of his contents, the virulent anecdotal sprawl, the melodic spleen without the fetor of the parlor or the classroom, as if he were writing while straddling a cement wall or sitting on a bar stool, the seat of which is made of thorns."-Jim Harrison, NY Times, 2007

"It features a wealth of previously uncollected Bukowski material, including his first published short stories, book reviews, essays on literature, U.S. politics, his writing craft, biographical accounts, entries from his famous NOTES of a DIRTY OLD MAN newspaper column, tips on how to win at the racetrack and even a review of a Rolling Stones concert. David Stephen Calonne provides a lucid and highly learned introduction to the book. . . . No Bukophile should miss out on this book."--Bold Monkey

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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Charles Bukowski was born in Andernach, Germany in 1920 and brought to Los Angeles at age three. Using the city as a backdrop for his work, Bukowski wrote prolifically, publishing over fifty volumes of poetry and prose. He died in San Pedro, California on March 9, 1994. His books are widely translated and posthumous volumes continue to appear. David Calonne is the editor of a previous book of uncollected Bukowski, Portions from a Wine-Stained Notebook, as well as a volume of interviews, Charles Bukowski: Sunshine Here I Am. He presently teaches at East Michigan University.

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For Fanatics Only 8. September 2008
Von A. Woodley - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
This isn't for a beginner or a casual fan of Bukowski. If your like me though and have read everything you can by Bukowski and want more, than this is your next step. This book is a nice collection of Bukowski stories that for one reason or another haven't made mass circulation. Many of these stories are being reprented here for the first time since their appearnce in some long ago forgotten magazine. All the boozing, betting, and women you love from Bukowski are packed in along with some fascinating literary critisim (showing that their was more to Bukowski than the boozing, betting, and women). There are some lost gems in here. With that being said, it is also important to note that some of these works aren't Bukowski's best. But hell, a mediocre Bukowski story is still way above par than a good story from any other writer out there.
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An excerpt from my Pop Matters review to run 11/10/08 27. Oktober 2008
Von Rodger D. Jacobs - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
"I have created the eternal drunk image somewhere in my work," Bukowski laments in "Notes of a Dirty Old Man", "and there is a minor reality behind it. Yet, I feel that my work has said other things. But only the eternal drunk seems to come through."

In "Portions From a Wine-Stained Notebook", the most important contribution to Bukowski studies to date, the image of the eternal drunk may not be exactly laid to rest but a new blood-swollen, multi-dimensional creature arises from these pages, a sensitive, tortured, "vulnerable man of genius trapped in a small room with a typewriter", a fiery provocateur for social change, a profoundly serious producer and defender of poetry, a passionate spokesman for "the defeated but still hopeful" dwelling in the lower depths of America (though he would never claim to speak for anyone but himself), an intense lover of classical music and the possessed madmen who created it, and a keen-eyed, hard-bitten naturalist essaying the hardscrabble existence of a writer ("The life of a writer is unbearable ... starving writers live worse than skid row bums") and the harsh desperation of life on the margins of Los Angeles. Charles Bukowski believed that pride "has no right in things upright and mechanical", that primal feeling trumped intellect in any race of the body or mind, and that a thousand scarlet sunsets bleeding into the Pacific Ocean were no match for a woman's beauty.

But beauty, Bukowski instructs, "would not be beautiful without flaws."
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a gulp of fresh air 21. März 2010
Von Alexander Ivakhnenko - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Charles Bukowski works the form like a tangible material. Like a talented carpenter, he crafts his short story, first looking at it from inside, checking it for truth, realism and message and then he writes it and when you read it, every word fits in like a well-set mortise joint, crafted well, true, real.
Amidst incessantly cheap, dumb, stupid and shallow slew of publications this recent short story compilation by Charles Bukowski shows that there is always a true direction in life. Always was. Always is, and when you want, you will find it and will keep on following it, without living like a dull fish swallowing dry crap, fashioned like an edible meal, thrown by the society in the human fish tank.
Good Stuff Worth Owning But Not Essential 18. Januar 2012
Von Alexander T. Newport - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I have been enjoying Bukowski's writing for decades. I expect to re-read most of his books over & over for the rest of me life. I expect to smoke Dunhills, toke the chronic, and rock-out to Pantera until the end, too.

I am Alexander T. Newport and I fancy high quality results. If you have an above-average intelligence and dropped out of high school, I will point you to the good stuff. We are brothers. We don't give a damn what the so-called experts, professionals and authorities have to say about ANYTHING. We believe only in ourselves and the overall goodness in all living beings. We believe in miracles.

Portions From A Wine-stained Notebook contains plenty of pages of classic Buk magic, pizazz, and madness to please any fan who has already consumed all of the books published whilst he was alive. It's like a post graduate, post Bukowski 101 kind of book. It's for those who already love his work. It's for those who already love HIM, biographically speaking.

The weakest writing in this book is his earliest stuff and that is usually the case for all writers. Thankfully there aren't many of those pieces and the rest are just good ol' Buk having fun with fiction and non fiction. Sometimes, when playing the critic, he opens up a seriously potent can of whoop-ass.

My favourite piece in the book is titled, In Defense of a Certain Type of Poetry, A Certain Type of Life, A Certain Type of Blood-Filled Creature Who Will Someday Die. You just know when he writes a title like that it's gonna be sparing no punches. The targets will be reduced to puddles of urine.

It's really uplifting and encouraging stuff when you get a hold of some fresh Bukowski. It's his voice on the page. He's right here with you. He's alive for as long as you are reading his words...

The dude was hella prolific. He went to the typewriter even when he wasn't feeling particularly in form or inspired---you can tell that by all those poems in those books published posthumously---most of them were out of the Zone and unwanted by John Martin whilst Buk was alive. They were dull little exercises, really. Like scratch paper, like doodling until an inspiration arrives. Even still, he churned out loads and loads of wonderful writing for many, many years. He had his privacy, his desk and typewriter, his alcohol and cigarettes and classical music on the radio, and he let 'er rip. Just wrote whatever the hell came to his mind and let the beast out of the cage. No pussyfootin' around. The rest of the world watched television whilst Bukowski wrote immortal lines.

This book is a lovely addition to my Bukowski collection. It is not as strong and intense as the books published whilst he was alive because it is but a hodgepodge collection spanning many years. Some of the pieces, the reviews in particular, have a sort of phoniness about them. They feel like he was holding back and doing so out of kindness. I don't think he admired anyone's writing more than his own, and with good reason. And yet, phoney reviews or not, it's all good grist for the biographical mill! It's nice to see another side to the guy.

I have a few gripes for the publisher:
Why provide a page of Sources?
Do you honestly think anyone actually gives a damn about the dates and where each piece was published first?
Well of course we do! So why the hell did you cram them all together into one giant paragraph? It's all one after the other on the same lines. It is very user-unfriendly. It's hard on the eyes, you robots. Why not be more considerate in future editions and present each source at one per line?
And as for the Table of Contents:
It would've been nicer had you listed each title with the year it was published.
You have no empathy for the reader.

And those blurbs!
The blurbs on the back cover are putrid. Honestly. Talk about too much enthusiasm. It's overkill.
The original Black Sparrow editions never had any blurbs on them.
Bukowski books don't need blurbs to sell copies.
Bukowski books don't need to be pitched to anyone.
His new readers come to his books via the Law of Attraction or personal word of mouth or a name-drop made by a hero or idol.

Having said all that, I will reiterate: I am glad to own this book and will read it again in the future.
Blood, Wine, and Tears 17. August 2009
Von Evan Romero - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
The best thing about reading Bukowski is that one not only reads him, but FEELS him as well; every bottle of booze, every fruitless minute, every departing woman tramples across the psyche. In the new Bukowski collection, "Portions From a Wine-Stained Notebook," we are handed fragments that make up a good deal of the Bukowski cannon: from his first published short story, to selections from "Notes of a Dirty Old Man," to bits of literary and aesthetic criticism, this collection provides more insight to the events that shaped the, shall we say, "Bukowskian Philosophy." Many of the writings have never been collected or published before, so editor David Stephen Calonne has done us a terrific favor.
The seasoned Bukowski reader will get more of the long and drunken nights, tail-chasing, and nihilism we have all come to expect from his work (along with some odds and ends). I could also recommend this book as a starting point for people who wish to be thrust into Bukowski's world. Either way, several works in this book explain why Bukowski wrote the way he did and why he did, and both the novice and veteran will benefit from them.
Frankly, there is not one work in here that I like above them all. All are Bukowski, and all are good in their own ways. I can only recommend reading the book from beginning to end, unless a title seems to strike ones fancy; regardless, one can start where ever they like.
The publication of this book only attests to the immortality of Bukowski. Love him or hate him, he is here to stay.
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