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On Charles Bukoskwi

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Indeed life is unpredictable

By Guillaume Kavaruganda, Minister Counselor at the Embassy of Rwanda in Netherlands

Even though my hobby is reading (fiction and non-fiction) I never fought that one day I will read poetry, until I got a book written by Charles Bukoskwi. The writer was unknown to me by then. I got intoxicated with the book and took the decision to buy and read all he has written. In a very short time I had finished all his 6 novels. The remaining was his prose and poetry.  Since my thirst regarding the author was not satisfied, I started reading his poetry. From then on I changed my mind on poetry.

Who is Charles Bukoskwi?

Henry Charles Bukowski (born Heinrich Karl Bukowski on August 16, 1920 – and passed away on March 9, 1994) was a German-born American poet, novelist and short story writer. His writing was influenced by the social, cultural, and economic ambience of his home city of Los Angeles. His work addresses the ordinary lives of poor Americans, the act of writing, alcohol, relationships with women, and the drudgery of work.

Bukowski wrote thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories and six novels, eventually publishing over sixty books. In 1986 Time called Bukowski a “laureate of American lowlife”. Charles Bukoskwi has changed the way the majority, intellectuals and not, perceived poetry. He is the best known contemporary writers of poetry and prose, and many claim it’s most influential and imitated poet. All of his books have now been published in translation in more than a dozen languages and his worldwide popularity remains undiminished.

In writing this column, I want to invite you to discover the author with the hope that you will enjoy his writing as I did. Your feedback would be appreciated. You can use my email gkavaruganda@gmail.com .  His books and poetry can be found at American Book Center, in The Hague and Amsterdam.

Welcome on board.

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