Journal d'un vieux dégueulasse

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Le livre de poche, 1998 - 315 pages
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C'est en 1967, dans le magazine anticonformiste Open City, qu'un poète presque inconnu commença de publier une chronique régulière. Avec une brutalité rarement égalée, doublée d'une superbe indifférence au scandale, il y exprimait sa révolte contre la société américaine, le pouvoir, l'argent, la famille, la morale. L'alcool, le sexe, les échos d'une vie marginale et souvent misérable y étaient brandis comme autant de signes de rupture... Depuis lors, l'auteur des Contes de la folie ordinaire, d'Au sud de nulle part, de Pulp, disparu en 1994, est devenu célèbre. Ce journal, ici édité dans une nouvelle traduction et dans sa version intégrale, n'est pas seulement un des sommets de son œuvre, c'est un classique de la littérature contestataire, qui conserve, trente ans après sa naissance, toute sa force, toute sa fraîcheur.

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About the author (1998)

Charles Bukowski was born in Andernach, Germany, on August 16, 1920. He came to the United States with his parents when he was three years old and spent his early years in poverty. As a young man he was a transient, doing odd jobs. He lived most of his live in boarding houses in the Los Angeles area. He attended Los Angeles City College briefly. He worked for the United States Postal Service for about ten years. Bukowski was at home with street people and his work contains a brutal realism and graphic imagery. He began publishing short stories in the mid-1940s. Starting with Flower, Fist and Bestial Wail in 1959, he produced poetry collections almost once a year. His following had grown by the time his collection of poetry about down-and-outers titled It Catches My Heart in Its Hands appeared in 1963. His short story collections include Dirty Old Man and Ejaculations, Exhibitions and General Tales of Ordinary Madness. His novels, with an autobiographical character called Henry Chinaski, include Post Office and Factotum. Bukowski wrote the screenplay for the 1987 motion picture Barfly. He later wrote about the filming of Barfly in his novel, Hollywood. Bukowski died in San Pedro, California, on March 9, 1994.

Gerard Guegan a publie une trentaine de livres, aussi bien des romans que des recits historiques, tel en 2011"Fontenoy ne reviendra plus", prix Renaudot de l essai. Par ailleurs, il a dirige les revues "Contre-Champ", "Subjectif, Cahiers du Fu"tur et, apres avoir cree les Editions Champ Libre, il a relance les Editions du Sagittaire. Acteur etmetteur en scene, il a enfin realise cinq film dont les mythiques "Toutes les histoires de dragons ont un fond de verite" et "68/89.

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