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Perennial disappointments August 16, 1920
March 9, 1994

Who is Charles Bukowski?


"I want a life rude, of those lives made so. I want a life who cares, who cares about all Yes. I want a wild life, the kind that you never sleep ". If Henry Charles Bukowski, Hank said, he heard the song of Vasco Rossi, there's bet that he'd fallen in love with on the fly. Probably would have made his anthem. Pairs not too far to fans of "Hank" (as it often was called, with coquetry, many autobiographical books characters) the combination with local singer-songwriter, but Bukowski, born on August 16, 1920 in Andernach (a small town near Cologne), the wild life, street life and wandering, he embodied the most probably, like few others in the world.

The son of a former gunner of American troops, Charles has only three years old when the family moved to Los Angeles, in the United States. Here he spent his childhood forced by their parents to an almost total isolation from the outside world. Already you can see the first signs of his rebellious streak and a fragile, confused vocation to writing. At age six, was a child with an already well-formed character: shy and afraid, banned from baseball games played, mocked for his Teutonic accent, shows small fix added.

At the age of thirteen starts drinking and attending a rowdy gang of thugs. Charles Bukowski in 1938 graduated without much enthusiasm to "L.A. High School" and twenty years abandons the family home. Thus began a period of wandering marked by alcohol and by an infinite sequence of odd jobs. Bukowski is in New Orleans, San Francisco, St. Louis, staying in a guesthouse-cutthroat brothel filippini, does the dishwasher, the valet, the bellhop, wakes up on park benches for some time ends even in jail. And continues to write.

His stories and poems are found in newspapers as "Story" but above all on the pages of underground magazines. It is not a fleeting or "poetic" creative SAP leads him to write, but anger towards life, the bitterness of the perennial right in the face of injustice and insensitivity of other men. Charles Bukowski's stories are based on an autobiographical side almost obsessively. Sex, alcohol, horse racing, the squalor of marginal lives, the hypocrisy of the "American dream" are the themes on which are interwoven infinite variations thanks to a fast, simple yet extremely fierce and corrosive. Hired by the Postal Office in Los Angeles and opened a stormy relationship with Jane Baker, Bukowski through the years ' 50 and ' 60 continuing to publish semiclandestinamente, smothered by the monotony of life and undermined by excesses of all kinds. In September of 1964 becomes Marina's father, born from the fleeting marriage with Frances Smith, young poet.

Begins the important collaboration with the weekly alternative "Open City": its poisonous columns are collected in the volume "notebook of a dirty old man", which will give him wide acclaim among the youthful protest. Hope to become a full time writer gave him the courage to quit from unbearable Post Office at the age of 49 years (those years are condensed in the memorable "Post Office"). Begins the period of readings of poetry, lived as a true torment.

In 1969, after the tragic death of Jane nipped by alcohol, Bukowski knows the man intended to change his life: John Martin. Manager by profession and vocation literature enthusiast, Martin had been strongly impressed by Bukowski's poetry so much for him to leave the job to the post office to devote himself entirely to writing. He would have dealt with the organizational phase of the whole operation, to pay a periodic allowance which Bukowski advance on royalties and pledging to promote and sell his works. Bukowski accepts the proposal.

Encouraged by the good results obtained by the first printed plaquette a few hundred copies, John Martin founded the "Black Sparrow Press", expecting to publish all works of Charles Bukowski. In a few years is success. Initially the consensus seem to be limited to Europe, then the legend of "Hank" Bukowski, last cursed writer, arrives in the United States. Starts the period of reading poetry, lived by Bukowski as a nightmare and magnificently documented in many of his stories. During one of these readings, in 1976, Bukowski know Linda Lee, unique among its many partners to mitigate the self-destructive streak, the only one among his companions bizzose capable of putting a brake on the dangerous unpredictability of Hank. Hardship indeed appear to Hobo now terminated: Hank is wealthy and universally known as the writer of "Storie di ordinaria follia".

Linda makes him change the diet reduces the alcohol, encourages him not to ever get up before noon. The period of hardship and wandering closes permanently. The last years have lived in great serenity and comfort. But the creative streak is not fewer. You sick sick with tuberculosis in 1988, however, in physical condition increasingly precarious, Bukowski continues to write and publish. His works are inspired by the two filmmakers Marco Ferreri and Barbet Schroeder for the same number of reductions. Documented by the now famous last words: "I've given so many opportunities that you would have had to take away a long time ago. I would like to be buried near the Hippodrome ... to feel the muzzle on the HomeStretch "death hits March 9, 1994.

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