‘One of those writers whom each new reader discovers with a transgressive thrill’The New Yorker
‘Funny and sharp, observant, clever with details and honest’ Times Literary Supplement
This collection of short stories propels the reader into the lowlife of America’s underworld, full of drunks, bums and gamblers, where sex and violence are everywhere and the most beautiful woman in town drinks and fights.
Bukowski writes with brutal honesty and sardonic humour of the things he experienced in life; poverty, hard women and chronic hangovers.
Charles Bukowski was one of America’s best-known and most prolific writers. During his lifetime he published more than forty-five books of poetry and prose including the novels Post Office (1971), Factotum (1975) and Pulp (1994), all available from Virgin Books.
Charles Bukowski - Screams from the Balcony
This wonderful collection of letters chronicles Bukowski's life from his first days as a poet having meager success through his resignation from his postal job to pursue writing as his sole source of income. In between, the letters reveal in raw and uncensored fashion how a hard-drinking, hard-living man followed his own vision of poetic truth and artistic integrity. Earlier letters are written to the few editors, poets and admirers who had become aware of Bukowski's wild poetry. In them, we see the 40-year-old author struggling to make ends meet through an alcoholic stupor of which he is neither ashamed nor apologetic. We read of his thrill as his first book appears-- directly in the aftermath of the assassination of JFK. Even as his fame grows and his friends are convinced that he has made it, Bukowski remains in ill health and financial insecurity. The honesty, humor and lack of pretension in these letters make them a must for Bukowski fans and an engaging read for anyone interested in literary lives. Reproductions of letters and an afterword by Cooney round out the volume nicely.
Charles Bukowski - Notes of a Dirty Old Man
'One day after the races, I sat down and wrote the heading NOTES OF A DIRTY OLD MAN, opened a beer, and the writing got done by itself ... Just sit by the window, lift the beer and let it come. Anything that wanted to arrive, arrived.' This collection of Bukowski’s columns for an underground LA newspaper epitomises his style of gritty realism. Writing as himself, or his alter-ego Henry Chinaski, Bukowski delves into America’s lowlife to eulogise life’s losers and antiheroes. Packed with violence, women, gambling and booze, Bukowski’s semi-autobiographical stories veer between hilarity and despair, as he extols the inherent beauty and futility of life. Charles Bukowski was one of America’s best-known and most prolific writers. During his lifetime Bukowski published more than forty-five books of poetry and prose including the novels Post Office (1971), Factotum (1975), Women (1978) and Pulp (1994), all available from Virgin Books.
Charles Bukowski - Women
Low life writer and alcoholic Henry Chinaski was born to survive. Now, at the age of fifty, he is living the life of a rock star, running three hundred hangovers a year and a sex life that would cripple Casanova. "Women" is a riotous and uncompromisingly vivid account of life on the edge.
Raymond Carver - Where I'm Calling From - Selected Stories
The last story collection published during Carver's life (he died in 1988) contains most of his greatest hits from his earlier books, as well as seven stories that hadn't been collected up to that point. The breadth of the collection makes these 37 stories an extremely complete map of Carver territory, of a particular area of America and of the specific texture of the people Carver writes about -- their difficult attempts at survival in a world where happiness does not arrive wrapped up in neat packages but comes in far more peculiar parcels, if it comes at all.
Charles Bukowski - Mockingbird Wish Me Luck
Mockingbird Wish Me Luck captures glimpses of Charles Bukowski's view on life through his poignant poetry: the pain, the hate, the love, and the beauty. He writes of lechery and pain while finding still being able to find its beauty.
Raymond Carver - Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?
With this, his first collection of stories, Raymond Carver breathed new life into the American short story. Carver shows us the humor and tragedy that dwell in the hearts of ordinary people; his stories are the classics of our time.
Raymond Carver - Cathedral
Raymond Carver said it was possible 'to write about commonplace things and objects using commonplace but precise language and endow these things - a chair, a window curtain, a fork, a stone, a woman's earring - with immense, even startling power'. Nowhere is this alchemy more striking than in the title story of _Cathedral_ in which a blind man guides the hand of a sighted man as together they draw the cathedral the blind man can never see. Many view this story, and indeed this collection, as a watershed in the maturing of Carver's work to a more confidently poetic style.
F. Scott Fitzgerald - Tales of the Jazz Age
Though most widely known for the novella The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald gained a major source of income as a professional writer from the sale of short stories. Over the course of his career, Fitzgerald published more than 160 stories in the period's most popular magazines. His second short fiction collection, Tales of the Jazz Age (1922), includes two masterpieces as well as several other stories from his earlier career. One, "May Day," depicts a party at a popular club in New York that becomes a night of revelry during which former soldiers and an affluent group of young people start an anti-Bolshevik demonstration that results in an attack on a leftist newspaper office. "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz" is a fantastic satire of the selfishness endemic to the wealthy and their undying pursuit to preserve that way of life. All of these stories, like his best novels, meld Fitzgerald's fascination with wealth with an awareness of a larger world, creating a subtle social critique. With his discerning eye, Fitzgerald elucidates the interactions of the young people of post-World War I America who, cut off from traditions, sought their place in the modern world amid the general hysteria of the period that inaugurated the age of jazz. This new edition reproduces in full the original collection, stories that represent a clear movement in theme and character development toward what would become The Great Gatsby. In introducing each story, Fitzgerald offers accounts of its textual history, revealing decisions about which stories to include.
Charles Bukowski - Ponyva
Charles Bukowski, az amerikai irodalom „mocskos öregembere”, fenegyereke, kultuszfigurája, ebben az utolsó, már halála után megjelent könyvében sem tagadja meg önmagát: Nicky Belane-t, Los Angeles „legjobb magándetektívét”, aki önmagán kívül csak a piát szereti igazán, különös ügyfelek keresik fel – még különösebb megbízásokkal. Meg kell találnia Céline-t, a rég elhunyt francia írót, egy ügyfele kikapós feleségének szeretőjét, továbbá a Vörösbegyet, akinek kilétéről sejtelme sincs. Sötétben tapogatózik tehát, s a nyomozás a napfényes Los Angeles árnyékos vidékeire vezeti. Már-már feladja a küzdelmet, amikor megjelenik Lady Halál…
Charles Bukowski - Egy vén kujon jegyzetei
Charles Bukowski Németországból vándorolt ki az Egyesült Államokba, ahol ismert íróvá vált, de a világsikert mégis Németország hozta meg a számára. Az elmúlt négy évben folyamatosan adják ki novelláit és regényeit, halála óta pedig művei sorra hódítják meg az európai országokat. Bukowski a beatnemzedék utáni korosztály egyik leghíresebb és leghírhedtebb írója. Nem véletlen, hogy könyveit Amerikában a beatirodalom nagy öregje, Ferlinghetti adja ki. Bukowski - csavargó! Ráadásul a legelvetemültebbek közül való. Büdös, hajléktalan szájhős, lecsúszott kocsmatöltelék. A lehető legvadabb és a lehető legintellektuálisabb - egy századvégi Jack London. Nőhajhász és szenvedélyes asszonyimádó, szajhagyötrő és futóbolond. A legnagyobb Amerika-gyűlölő amerikai, aki Amerika nélkül képtelen élni. Charles Bukowski - rendőrőrsök állandó lakója, házibulik kidobhatatlan vendége, akit - mégis! - csak akkor lehet kirakni, ha előtte hullarészegre itatják. Hősei is ilyenek, benne és általa megjelenik Amerika. Az a másik, amit alig ismerünk.
Charles Bukowski - A semmitől délre
Azok, akik eddig - nyilvánvalóan merő véletlenségből - még nem találkoztak Charles Bukowski műveivel most kivételesen szerencsés helyzetben vannak. A Cartaphilus kiadó Charles Bukowski-életműsorozatának legfrissebb darabja, A semmitől délre című novelláskötet történetei ugyanis kiválóan alkalmasak arra, hogy velük kezdjük meg a 20. század egyik legnagyobb írójával való ismerkedést. Kegyetlenül igazak, nevetségesen szörnyűek, fájdalmasan valóságosak és mindeközben valahogy mégis: egyszerűen felemelőek.
Sylvia Plath - Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams
"What I fear most, I think, is the death of the imagination.... If I sit still and don't do anything, the world goes on beating like a slack drum, without meaning. We must be moving, working, making dreams to run toward; the poverty of life without dreams is too horrible to imagine."-- Sylvia Plath, from Notebooks, February 1956 Renowned for her poetry, Sylvia Plath was also a brilliant writer of prose. This collection of short stories, essays, and diary excerpts highlights her fierce concentration on craft, the vitality of her intelligence, and the yearnings of her imaginaton. Featuring an introduction by Plath's husband, the late British poet Ted Hughes, these writings also reflect themes and images she would fully realize in her poetry. Jonny Panic and the Bible of Dreams truly showcases the talent and genius of Sylvia Plath.
Richard Brautigan - The Edna Webster Collection of Undiscovered Writings
On the eve of his departure from Eugene, Oregon, to San Francisco and worldly success, a twenty-one-year-old unpublished writer named Richard Brautigan gave these funny, buoyant stories and poems as a gift to Edna Webster, the beloved mother of both his best friend and his first "real" girlfriend. "When I am rich and famous, Edna," he told her, "this will be your social security.' The stories and poems show Brautigan as hopelessly lovestruck, cheerily goofy, and at his most disarmingly innocent. We see not only a young man and young artist about to bloom, but also the whole literary sensibility of the 1960s counterculture about to spread its wings and fly.
Raymond Carver - Beginners
_What We Talk About When We Talk About Love_ is Raymond Carver's most famous collection of short stories and remains one of the most influential pieces of modern literature to date. But the original, unedited manuscript, _Beginners_ - published here for the first time - was almost fifty per cent longer than the published collection. This restored version of Carver's stories reveals what was previously unsaid, filling in the narrative silences that have both inspired and mystified readers for so long. _Beginners_ is a fascinating insight into the aesthetic of a literary great and, in the questions it raises, may just spark off one of the great cultural debates of our times.
Ray Bradbury - The October Country
The October Country is a 1955 collection of twenty macabre short stories by Ray Bradbury. It reprints fifteen of the twenty-seven stories of his 1947 collection Dark Carnival, and adds four more of his stories previously published elsewhere.
Charles Bukowski - Hollywood
A Los Angeles-i Charles Bukowksi - lecsúszott figurák megörökítője, "amerikai slumok koszorús költője", a sokak szerint szerethető emberkerülő alkoholista - úgy látszik, csak érett regényíró korában jön rá, hogy Hollywood fénye talán csalóka kissé. Ha az olvasó ezt már régen gyanítja is, nem kell, hogy visszariadjon: akik kedvelik Bukowski brutálisan egyszerű stílusát, azok ezt a Hollywood című könyvben végtelen őszinteségével - s a szerzőtől nem is megszokott öniróniával - körítve élvezhetik. Úgy tetszhet, mintha a hollywoodi mozi- és pénzcsinálás világától viszolygó író maga is a gépezet részévé válna. Vagy mégsem?
John Cheever - Thirteen Uncollected Stories by John Cheever
They have been called "the best kept secret of American letters" and "a virtual literary treasure trove." Originally published in the 1930s and '40s in often obscure magazines, these stories will undoubtedly surprise those readers familiar only with Cheever's post-1947 work.
Stephen King - Night Shift
Never trust your heart to the New York Times bestselling master of suspense, Stephen King. Especially with an anthology that features the classic stories "Children of the Corn," "The Lawnmower Man," "Graveyard Shift," "The Mangler," and "Sometimes They Come Back"-which were all made into hit horror films. From the depths of darkness, where hideous rats defend their empire, to dizzying heights, where a beautiful girl hangs by a hair above a hellish fate, this chilling collection of twenty short stories will plunge readers into the subterranean labyrinth of the most spine-tingling, eerie imagination of our time.