The Bell Tolls For No One - New Buk Story Collection From City Lights (1 Viewer)

Am I really the first person to post anything about this?

"The Bell Tolls for No One is a book of previously uncollected short fiction by everyone's favorite dirty old man, Charles Bukowski. Beginning with the illustrated, unpublished 1947 story, 'A Kind, Understanding Face,' continuing through his famous underground newspaper column, 'Notes of a Dirty Old Man,' and concluding with his hardboiled contributions to 1980s glossy adult magazines, The Bells Tolls for No One encompasses the entire range of Bukowski's talent as a short story writer, from straight-up genre stories to postmodern blurring of the line between fact and fiction. Designed not only for Bukowski fans, but also for readers new to his work, the book contains an informative introduction by editor David Stephen Calonne that provides historical context for these seemingly scandalous and chaotic tales, revealing the hidden hand of the master at the top of his form. Also included are several of Bukwoski's own illustrations."

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/08...&tag=charlebukowsa-20&linkId=CJLQ55NFCWG2R455
 

zobraks

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Am I the first person to notice (& care about) this (?):
Bukwoski's
I reckon you'd like to correct that (here and at Amazon).

Thanks for the info.
 
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Stumbled on it last night.
Didn't want to start a separate thread if there was already one going, but couldn't find anything when I searched the site for the title.
 

mjp

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I'm not sure it's been publicly mentioned here before. But with this and Abel's poetry collection, there's going to be a lot of activity next summer.
 
Yes, I haven't mentioned it since it's not due out until next summer, but here is the cover--took a while to get permission from Robert Crumb....

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Bukfan

"The law is wrong; I am right"
I´m looking forward to both books. 2015 is going to be a good year for us Buk nuts. :)
Yes, I haven't mentioned it since it's not due out until next summer, but here is the cover--took a while to get permission from Robert Crumb....
I love that Buk drawing by Crumb and the layout of the book cover. Great colors too.
 

mjp

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That sounds like a good move. At least it would provide a break in a thematic collection.

I know it's already a done deal, but to me, the whole thematic thing...I don't know. What it says to me is that Ecco doesn't have any faith in a regular collection, or doesn't know how to market another regular collection. It's certainly easier from a marketing perspective to have a "hook" like a theme to exploit promote. But does it make for a better book?

Raise your hand if you are eagerly awaiting 250 pages of horse racing poems.

Not that there is actually going to be a collection of horse racing poems (please god), just pointing out where going thematic with Bukowski could go horribly off the rails.
 

mjp

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Well, there's one vote.

What's the difference between a Sweathog and a Scientologist?

There is one thing a book on horse racing would do though...make a book on cats seem interesting.

;)

Not to harp on the thematic thing again (I'm pretty sure I said I wouldn't), but if you had to boil Bukowski's work down to four themes, you could make an argument that horse racing could be one of them (I'd say it ranks closer to 8th or 9th in a list of common themes, but what do I know). But I don't think such an argument could be made for cats.

It would be interesting to come up with a list of 10 or 12 themes and tag the poems in the database. But it would also be a very long project and a lot of work for little reason.

Which, you know, has never stopped us before.
 
Yes, I haven't mentioned it since it's not due out until next summer, but here is the cover--took a while to get permission from Robert Crumb....
Am in Germany now and just checked Amazon and it appears this baby is now up and running...
 

mjp

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It showed up in the mail today, imagine that. City Lights always comes through.

It's a small format: 4.25 x 7 inches, which makes it smaller than More Notes of a Dirty Old Man (which was smaller than Absence of the Hero and Portions from a Wine-Stained Notebook, both of which were the old standard size of 6 x 9 inches). But as long as the books are good - and the City Lights books are always good - they can keep hitting them with the shrink ray. Though I think we're about as small as you can go with this one.

More on contents later, no time to read right now.

Here are the press sheets that came with it.

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zobraks

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I ordered TBTfNO from The Book Depository yesterday:

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Didn't plan to buy it so soon, but the hype was unbearable.
 
It arrived today. The small size is a bit disappointing. I was hoping for something sized more like Notes or More Notes, but it is the content that matters (if I can still read the small typeface). At a beefy 300 pages, there's no shortage on content.
 

mjp

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Yeah, it's right on the verge of requiring reading glasses, isn't it. ;)

Still, an embarrassment of riches with this and Abel's first collection tomorrow, then another in December. The last time three major Bukowski books full of new stuff were published in a four month span was...never.
 

Bukfan

"The law is wrong; I am right"
I ordered The Bells... and On Writing yesterday from amazon and noticed that after the one On Cats coming out indecember there´ll be one On Love coming out on February 2 next year. That's 4 Buk books within 6 months! Not bad at all for a dead writer. :D
 
That's 4 Buk books within 6 months!
plus:
this fall, the German publisher Maro will bring out a new book, containing all those poems from 'You Get So Alone' that weren't translated by Carl Weissner back in the 80s (CW had a habit of NEVER translating the whole books of poetry but only parts, roughly one half).
And next spring, Maro brings out said first part of the translation made by Carl Weissner, which has been out of print for many-a-years.

(so, both upcoming books together will be the entire 'You Get So Alone'. Never before in history, we had the German translation of one whole Bukowski-poetry-book! even though I dislike, that it'll be two seperate volumes)
 
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One Esther Breger.
I've flipped through the unlectored, uncorrected version and it's fair enough. By now it's been lectored by Rainer Wehlen (German translator of 'Shakespeare Never Did This').
 

Bukfan

"The law is wrong; I am right"
With the exception of Dangling in the Tournefortia, where only one single poem had been dropped: There are hecklers in Germany too.

Funny, that a German translator dropped the poem about the German hecklers. Maybe he did´nt like it for some reason?

(CW had a habit of NEVER translating the whole books of poetry but only parts, roughly one half).

That's a shame! I wonder why they only translated about half of each poetry book?
Still, at least you got a lot of Buk poems in German. In Denmark we only got a thin anthology, a few poems from each poetry collection and the translation is fucked up in some places.
 
Funny, that a German translator dropped the poem about the German hecklers. Maybe he did´nt like it for some reason?
You speculated on the reasons eight months ago in another thread:
Funny, the heckler poem was omitted in the German translation. I suspect they were afraid of offending the Germans (the same thing happened with a Disney Donald Duck DVD a few years ago. The old WW II cartoons making fun of Hitler and Mussolini were omitted from the European version of the DVD out of fear of offending the Germans and the Italians).
Dec 2, 2014
 
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