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  AMY, 27  
  HEIST  
  FAB: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney  
  FRED & ROSE  
  CHARLES BUKOWSKI: LOCKED IN THE ARMS OF A CRAZY LIFE  
    - Introduction  
    - Reviews  
    - Translations & Rights  
  BUKOWSKI IN PICTURES  
  DOWN THE HIGHWAY: THE LIFE OF BOB DYLAN  
  THE WICKED GAME  
  SEVENTIES  
       
       
       
       
       
 
 
  Charles Bukowski: Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life  
 
  Charles Bukowski: Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life  

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CHARLES BUKOWSKI: LOCKED IN THE ARMS OF A CRAZY LIFE

'Wonderful.... An excellent book about a remarkable man.'
Ross Fortune, Time Out

Introduction

This is the acclaimed biography of the American poet, novelist and short story writer Charles Bukowski (1920-94), who wrote more than fifty semi-autobiographical books about his life in Los Angeles.

Bukowski is often misunderstood by those who do not know his work. He is frequently labelled, dismissively, as a cult writer, whereas in fact he has a very large international readership. He is also often considered a crude writer of dirty stories, whereas in fact he was a highly original, elegant stylist whose poetry and prose is witty, compassionate and wise.

An avid reader of Bukowski's books, Howard Sounes spent two years interviewing virtually everybody alive who knew the author in order to compile this affectionate, but also insightful biography.

Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life (the title being a quote from a Bukowski poem “one for the shoeshine man”) was published in 1998, by Canongate Books in the UK, and by Grove Press in the USA, as well as in translation in countries including:

  • Brazil (Conrad Livros, ISBN: 85-87193-15-5)
  • Croatia (Tridva Jedan, ISBN: 953-201-276-1)
  • The Czech Republic (Pragma, ISBN: 80-7205-710-3)
  • Estonia (Tänapäev, ISBN: 9985-62-162-X)
  • France (La Rocher, ISBN: 978 2 268 064260)
  • Israel (Astrolog, ISBN 418-365)
  • Italy (Guanda, ISBN 88-8246-196-3; and TEA, ISBN: 88-502-0549-X)
  • Japan (Kawade, ISBN: 4-309-20338-8)
  • Poland (Twój Styl, ISBN 9985 62 162X)
  • Sweden (Härnqvists bokförlag, ISBN: 91-974905-4-7)
  • Turkey (Parantez, ISBN: 975-8441-20-5).

Charles Bukowski: Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life is also available as an e-book.

Buy Charles Bukowski: Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life (in the UK) on Amazon.co.uk
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