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Bukowski for Beginners (Documentary Comic Book) Paperback – Illustrated, 1 Aug 1999
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About the Author
Carlos Polimeni is a journalist, writer, screenwriter, and television and radio host in Argentina. A journalist since 1978, he has worked in television, radio, magazines, news agencies, and newspapers, and has published twelve books on topics of their specialty. He also wrote plays and screenplays. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Paperback.
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The purpose of the book is to give the unfamiliar reader a sense of who Bukowski was and the quality of his writing. And on that score, I think it succeeds very well.
All that said, Bukowski, though interesting, strikes me as the true author of the ideas of "Betrachtung eines Unpolitischen" first penned by Thomas Mann. Bukowski may write from the depths of poverty and the American working class, but his perspectives are politically ambigious or neutral...he should endorse socialism but doesn't.
Partly, this book makes me think of Maxim Gorky's _Lower Depths_ as a point of comparison...but Bukowski...it's hard to say...apolitical, uncritical...he expresses much angst and suffering but doesn't investigate significantly the root causes of such suffering and depridation;
I'll take Terry Eagleton's lit.crit any day in preference, I'm afraid. I sympathize w/ Bukowski but...
Nevertheless, I feel enriched to at least know about him--which I probably would not have known were it not for this intro book from a famous series of documentary comic boks I deeply respect.
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