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Virgin Books, 2009 - Fiction - 163 pages
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Henry Chinaski, an outcast, a loner and a hopeless drunk, drifts around America from one dead-end job to another, from one woman to another and from one bottle to the next. Uncompromising, gritty, hilarious and confessional in turn, his downward spiral is peppered with black humour.

Factotum follows Charles Bukowski's bestselling Post Office, his highly autobiographical first novel. Bukowski's Beat Generation writing reflects his slum upbringing, his succession of menial jobs and his experience of low life urban America. He died in 1994 and is widely acknowledged as one of the most distinctive writers of the last fifty years.

Neeli Cherkovski was a close friend of Bukowski and is the author of Hank: The Life of Charles Bukowski (Random House, 1991)

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User Review  - Jim Ament - Goodreads

Factotum (1975), by Charles Bukowski (1920-1994) found at http://www.jamesrament.com/book-revie... The novel was author Bukowski's second, and it centers on the degenerate life of Hank Chinaski ... Read full review

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User Review  - Russell - Goodreads

I hate Southern California. Everything about it is either fake or eerily reminiscent of "The Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire". So, whenever I have to go there to visit inlaws, I take along the ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

During his lifetime Bukowski published more than forty-five books of poetry and prose including the novels Post Office (1971) and Factotum (1975). He is one of America's most distinctive writers and a voice for both the outsider and low life Americana.

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