Absence of the Hero
Publication Date: April 2010
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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Everyone's favorite Dirty Old Man returns with more boozy tales of extraordinary madness.
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. 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.
Portions: "...Some of the most sublime narratives Bukowski's ever produced... If Bukowski fans find their personal library lacking this spirited collection, I'd suggest they be quick to snag a copy." --East Bay Literary Examiner
"An important cornerstone... Essential reading for Bukowki fans... as well as anyone interested in the development of modern American literature."-Small Press Review
"Portions... has a preciseness of language... [and] the spark that made Bukowski a Los Angeles icon in the first place."-LA Times
"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