- Taschenbuch: 300 Seiten
- Verlag: City Lights Publishers (1. April 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0872865312
- ISBN-13: 978-0872865310
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 1,9 x 22,9 cm
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Absence of the Hero (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. April 2010
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"Charles Bukowski, the late poet best known for his odes to sex, booze and general skid-row squalor, turns reflective in much of Absence of the Hero: Uncollected Stories and Essays, Vol. 2: 1946-1992. In one piece, titled "He Beats His Women," Bukowski touches on a visit to these parts: 'The only time I read in San Francisco, 800 people arrived and 100 of those arrived with buckets of garbage to throw at me. At 2 bucks a head, that garbage didn't smell too bad.'"San Francisco Chronicle
"When Bukowski sat down at his trusted Underwood typewriter to 'play the piano,' it was the only time in his life he felt immortal, with every word painstakingly chosen and direct from the gut. If you haven't had the pleasure of digging into one of his already published works, these easily digestible stories are a perfect starting point."Johnson Cummins, The Montreal Mirror
"Even after he published more than 50 books, Bukowski (1920-1994) left behind dozens of unpublished stories and essays. U.S. American literature scholar Calonne, who also edited Vol. 1 of Bukowski's unpublished works, provides an informative and informed introduction and a useful set of notes."The Toronto Globe and Mail
"But unlike 'Exit to Brooklyn' and other erotically charged American tales of urban horror and desperation, many of Bukowski's short stories actually leave one with a warm glow, whether from reluctant but real love, brilliant delineation of sociological phenomena in America or, once in a while, juicy science fiction."Adam Perry, Boulder Weekly
"Charles Bukowski, prophet of the lost, deacon of the mean and insane In Absence of the Hero, City Lights' second posthumous volume of uncollected stories and essays, we're given samples spanning almost his entire career. There are moments of brilliance and flickers of light "Chico News and Review
"City Lights take their Bukowski uncollected stories and essays seriously and David Calonne has meticulously assembled and documented the two volumes of this series this is essential reading for every Bukophile."Bold Monkey
"[Bukowski] seems to be one of those rare writers who learns not by emulating a given model but by reading his own stuff as he writes and rediscovering for himself the dignity of form A low-life raconteur and a dimestore perv, Bukowski was the life of the party night after night. When you open any of his books, that party goes on."Said Shirazi, Fifth Wednesday Journal
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This is the second volume of uncollected writings published by City Lights Books. Like the first,this volume has a number of writings that were in limited circulation many years ago,along with unpublished pieces. The themes are typical Bukowski-love/depraved love,drinking,women,gambling,literature/authors,and Bukowski's sometimes wry observations of people,events,or himself (the piece"80 Airplanes Don't Put You in the Clear" is the first place that Bukowski refers to the narrator as "Hank"). And there are several other pieces that use his literary alter-ego,using variations of his given name throughout the book.
These pieces begin in the mid 1940's and conclude in early 1992. From early magazine fiction in the 40's ("Love,Love,Love"),to the 50's decade ("The Rapist's Story"),through the turbulent 60's ("Peace Baby Is Hard To Sell"),the 70's ("Notes of a Dirty Old Man" series)into the 80's ("The Ladies Man of East Hollywood"),and finally the 90's ("Playing and Being the Poet"),these works are prime Bukowski. The majority of pieces are from the 70's,with three pieces from the 40's,and only one piece from the 90's.
This book is a good addition for long time readers of Bukowski,because it fills in areas not to well known to most readers. For someone just beginning to read Bukowski's work,this would be okay,but his short stories (there are a number of good collections,any of which would be a good introduction),or poems (any of the many volumes,for the themes are similar in many of his poems) would perhaps be a better starting point,and then progress into his novels ("Post Office" perhaps),for a good foundation to his work. But this book makes for interesting,if not sometimes amusing,and startling reading-which is what makes Charles Bukowski unique among authors-praise that he would no doubt laugh at.