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اثر چارلز بوکوفسکی از انتشارات نشر چشمه - مترجم: پیمان خاکسار-ادبیات داستانی

Henry Chinaski, Bukowski’s alter-ego, is pushed to translate a semi-autobiographical book into a screenplay for John Pinchot. He reluctantly agrees, and is thrust into the otherworld called Hollywood. There are many scandalous books about life in Hollywood, but none as poetic and dangerous as this, a fictional chronicle of Bukowskis experiences writing the screenplay for Barfly. Henry Chinaski has a penchant for booze, women and horse-racing. On his precarious journey from poet to screenwriter he encounters a host of well-known stars and lays bare the absurdity and egotism of the film industry.

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اولین موضوع خود هالیوود است! بوکوفسکی سعی نموده که با لحنی طنزآمیز روند نوشتن یک فیلم‌نامه، تهیه‌کنندگی و کارگردانی یک فیلم را در فضای هالیوود شرح دهد همچنین از این طریق با بسیاری از اهالی سینما نیز شوخی نموده البته با تغییر اسامی.
به نظر من نوع دیدگاهی که بوکوفسکی از هالیوود ارائه میدهد در نوع خودش جالب توجه بوده و بسیار می‌تواند به شناخت محیط خاصی همچون هالیوود کمک کند اینکه روابط بین کارگردان و تهیه‌کننده و بازیگران و سایر عوامل فیلم چگونه است و چقدر مسائل حقوقی در این روابط تاثیر داشته و چه مسائل بغرنج و حتی گاها پیش‌پا افتاده‌ای می‌تواند در روند ساخت فیلم تاثیرگذار باشد.

دومین موضوع : الکل‌ است! شخصیت اول داستان که خود بوکوفسکی‌ست بشدت الکلی‌ست و همه چیز را از دریچه الکل و نوشیدن می‌بیند تا جائیکه تم اصلی فیلمنامه‌ای که در این کتاب می‌نویسد و به فیلم تبدیل می‌شود نیز در مورد روایت زندگی یک الکلی‌ست!

سومین موضوعی که به آن پرداخته می‌شود: جامعه آمریکاست مواردی همچون مالیات، سیاهان، نژادپرستی، فقر و مسائلی از این قبیل در طول داستان مطرح می‌گردد. البته موردی که بیشتر به چشم میخورد و به نظرم در ادبیات معاصر آمریکا و شاید در فرهنگ عامه نیز وجود داشته باشد نوعی بی‌دغدغه‌گی و بی خیالی‌ست گویی اینطور به نظر می‌آید که مردم امریکا در هر سطح و طبقه اجتماعی که باشند در هر حال به دنبال لذت بردن از زندگی هستند نه زجر کشیدن از آن و به نظرم اگر این دیدگاه عمومیت داشته باشد می‌تواند یکی از عوامل مهم ارتقا و پیشرفت محسوب گردد.

نکته دیگر در مورد ترجمه پیمان خاکسار می‌باشد که به نظرم توانسته است ترجمه قابل قبولی ارائه دهد هرچند که اگر از ادبیات محاوره‌ای‌تری استفاده می‌نمود روان‌تر می‌بود.

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Hmm, I wish I could give a 2.5 as a review. The dirty realism with which Bukowskis writes gets overbearingly simple at times, and as character John Galt says to Bukowskis alter ego Chinaski, Your stuff wil always sell. A child can read it. It shows the degenerate side of Hollywood expertely, repelling, conceited, not at all glamorous. I will be reading more Bukowski, the book sparked the flame of interest within me, Ill give it that.

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love it. as usual.

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Hollywood is a thinly-veiled first-person account of Charles Bukowskis encounter with the Hollywood film world during the writing, financing, casting, production, promotion, and premiere of Barfly.

In a 1987 interview on a Barfly set with Roger Ebert, Bukowski briefly sets the scene leading up tp the the novels opening:


@I picked up this phone one day and it was (Director Barbet) Schroeder calling from Paris. Im drinking, I hung up. Never heard of him. You meet a lot of phonies. I hang up, he calls back, he wants me to write a movie for him. I tell him I hate movies. He mentions $20,000. I ask him when hes coming [email protected]

Bukowski, in his usual guise as Henry Chinaski, reports the goings on with almost anthropological detachment - almost because he is both repelled and fascinated by Hollywood’s upper crust. HE notes on the first page that the inhabitants of Marina del Ray (“Sailboat Lane”):

@in their special sailing clothes, caps, (and) dark shades… had apparently escaped the daily grind of life”:

“we have just landed on the outpost of death. My soul is puking”

says Buk to companion Sarah.

Soon Bukowski’s revulsion is replaced by sardonic amusement as he hits up hosts and associates for red wine at every opportunity. His would-be friends are only too willing to accommodate.

It’s been some years since I read Hollywood, so I resorted to Amazon’s LOOK HERE! preview. Bukowski’s dry humor – often self-deprecating – is apparent early on. The prose and circumstances are so delicious that the reader WANTS it to be non-fiction – WANTS the glossy movie people to be that facile and self-involved – WANTS Bukowski to be that self-possessed (even though in the final analysis he’ll do damn near anything for another bottle.)

By the second chapter, Buk decides that to be a scold will soon wear thin so he decides to see something of the likeable real selves beneath the shiny veneers worn by his newly introduced intimates.

At this point it’s fair to note that the look, production values, and extremely limited distribution on first release indicates that Barfly was an “independent” film. IMDB backs this up with its estimated $3-million budget matched by an equally small $3-million box office figure.

The point is that Hollywood is not A-List anthropology – it’s rather a glimpse a of somewhat less-rarified film world that comingles wealth with insecurity.

Money is scarce, promises are broken, new friendships are easy to make and easier to break. Dejection alternates with elation as a busted deal is replaced by a new transitory pledge to support the film.

Bukowski’s devotees claim that Hollywood is not “his best”, but I’ll say that my reacquaintance compels me to find a copy and relish it once again.

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This is the fictionalized version of Bukowskis experience making the film, Barfly. The people are re-named but most are not too hard to decipher if you are familiar with the film. Wikipedia helped me with the others. You can tell that Bukowski loved Barbet Schroeder, who is heroic despite the eccentricities. The Hollywood people all have their own quirks as you would expect. Its all played through Bukowskis alter ego, Henry Chinanski. I started this saga in January and Im sad to see it end with this book. Im not sure why an apolitical hedonists observations about life are so intriguing. Its most likely the deceptively simple writing style and the honesty with which he sees himself.

He doesnt blame drink for his problems. He sees drink as an escape from the doldrums of life. Playing the horses does the same thing for him. He probably does more explaining how he plays the horses here than in any of the other books and its very intuitive system, it relies on books of past performances and a computer mind. If you can read a Daily Racing Form its quite interesting how he sees it. He doesnt let the movie get in the way of his horse playing. He spends 5 days a week at Hollywood Park and the other 2 on the movie set.

Sean Penn and Mickey Rourke were both up for the main part. Years later they would both be nominated for Best Actor and Penn would give a nod to Rourke in his acceptance speech. If you believe the book Penn would have played the character if Bukowski had let Dennis Hopper direct it. Hopper probably would have been good, but Bukowski was loyal to Schroeder who willed the film into existence. Bukowski seems to be back and forth as to whether he likes what Rourke did with the character, although all of their conversations are cordial and Rourke is quite deferential to the writer.

His description of Faye Dunaway as an aging actress making her comeback must have hurt her to read. She is very image conscious here as you would expect from most Hollywood actors. You figure its partly her career savvy. She asks Bukowski to write a scene where she can show off her legs. She doesnt bother to show up for any of the festivities unless the media is there. There is much calculation to her although it never comes through in conversation.

Roger Ebert makes a cameo appearance on the film set. Werner Herzog, David, Lynch, and Isabella Rossellini also show up through the process. The book is a little piece of film history weaved into the Chinanski saga. I enjoyed it for both reasons.

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Bukowski at his best!

Chinaski, struggling against his misery with alcohol, presents his life to you as honest and dishonest as it might get.

He was warned, long time ago, that if he drinks more alcohol, he dies. (Just like an extremely cold scientific fact).

But there he is, drinking all the time and death just stops. Not making a move towards him.

Chinaskis heart is roaring with nihilism, loss of authentic meaning in life and, not caring so much, he lived longer. He just needed Sarah to earn more years for living.

I wonder when my Sarah will come. Maybe she is not even here.

I was diagnosed with psychosomatic pain for two years now and still going on (Following the successive death of my mom and friend/professor, Ali Mabrook).

I still smoke and drink. Of course I am told no to do all that. Yet I still have life in me.

Chinaski is here, right next to me. We dont talk much. We gaze forward at nothing and we smile.

We know we will not stay here forever. We might never meet again.

We drink to that.

Yeah baby!

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