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Bukowski’s final novel is a slightly surreal pastiche of the classic Mickey Spillane, Chandleresque private eye novel. Nick Belane is a lonely, middle-aged, egotistical, alcoholic private detective who is badly in need of some lucrative work, but what he gets is a series of increasingly strange assignments from a bizarre collection of clients.

Belane is asked to track down the long-dead French classical author Celine and an elusive red sparrow. He encounters aliens, heavies, and even Lady Death herself along the way. All the while Belane is convincing himself he’s still a white-hot detective and that nobody can take him for a ride—or make him feel like he’s losing his mind.

Bukowski’s deliberately overdone writing takes us on a fantastical ride through the dark corners and dodgy dealings of Belane’s film noir world with guns, broads, and heavyset thugs. Pulp is a great demonstration of Bukowski’s imaginative talents and special brand of humor and realism.

Editorial Reviews

“Not since George Orwell has the condition of being down-and-out been so well recorded.”

New York Times

“Nobody does down-and-out better than Bukowski.”

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Author Biography

Charles Bukowski (1920–1994) was a German-born American poet, novelist, and short story writer. His writing was influenced by the social, cultural, and economic ambiance of his home city of Los Angeles. He published his first story at twenty-four and began writing poetry at thirty-five, publishing extensively in small literary magazines and small presses from the early 1940s through the early ’90s. The “King of the Underground,” he remained loyal to those small press editors who had first championed his work. During his life he wrote thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories, and six novels, publishing over sixty books.

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Christian Baskous’ theatrical credits include numerous roles in the New York Shakespeare Festival, Circle in the Square, the Kennedy Center, and Theater for the New City, as well as  other regional theaters. His film and television work includes appearances in Glory, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Law and Order, Swan’s Crossing, and Swift Justice.

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