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Bukowski's alter ego, Henry Chinaski, returns, revelling in his eternal penchant for booze, women and horse-racing as he makes the precarious journey from poet to screenwriter.

Based on Bukowski's experiences when working on the film Barfly, the absurdity and egotism of the film industry are laid bare in this deadpan, touching and funny glimpse into the endless negotiations and back-stabbings of La La land. Hollywood is an irreverent roman a clef that serves up the beating heart of Hollywood with razor-sharp humour.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 18mm | 195g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 1841959960
  • 9781841959962
  • 38,353

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A laureate of American low life. * * Time * * No other book gets as close to the corrupt heart of American movie-making. * * Guardian * * Full of entertaining vignettes of celebrities. * * The Times * *
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About Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski, who died in 1994, was the legendary Californian writer who became famous for his semi-autobiographical books about low-life America. Novels such as Factotum and Post Office made this one-time bum, and lifelong alcoholic, rich and famous, and culminated in the making of Barfly, a major Hollywood movie based on his life starring Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway.
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17,816 ratings
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2 6% (1,146)
1 2% (272)
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