I was just reading that Buk was influenced heavily by The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. I'll have to check it out. Anyone else read it? Do you see the influence? Care to comment on his influence/relationship with Carson McCullers? She was called the French Anais Nin?
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter was more or less required reading in High School English class back in my day. At one. If there's an influence, it's probably more in their philosophical approach to how their subject matter is presented. There's a certain I know it's pointless but damn it, I'm going to do it right anyway behind their writing that I find at least somewhat similar. I feel like Buk's writing style changed to a greater degree over time than did McCuller's, at least in his poems, which started out with longer phrases and more abstract imagery and eventually became a much more terse style probably most evident in You Get so Lonely...in 1986.
McCullers often wrote in shorter sentences, so stylistically, any similarities are most likely found in their novels. Despite the relatively terse sentences, I'd say Buk's writing was far more graphically blunt than was McCuller's, but she was fairly blunt in a more delicate way, if that makes any sense. If anything, I think Buk probably related to her as something of an outsider and a writer who didn't rely on any tricks; she just basically put it on the page.
A few years ago they published a new German translation of "The Heart" and I started making the effort to read both translations the parallel way.
Was an interesting experience, since both translations had their excellent sides and both their weaks. None of them was a clear winner.
And I got tired of that comparison game around page 10.
There's another connection between McCullers and Buk (assuming there was one before this). Each had their first short story published in Story; McCullers in 1936 with Wunderkind and Buk in 1944 with Aftermath of a Lengthy Rejection Slip.