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Old 08-10-2012, 01:59 AM   #23
John A. A. Logan
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Yes, Richard Brautigan, and Henry Miller, sometimes mining the same vein of experience as Bukowski.
John Fante, author of ASK THE DUST, is the greatest influence on Bukowski perhaps, according to Bukowski himself.
Knut Hamsun, Alexander Trocchi, Nelson Algren, come to mind also in relation to Bukowski's feral honesty/grit etc....perhaps even Dostoyevsky's NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND prefigures it all.
The apex of the lone, enduring, self-destructive "Holy Sinner" though, in literature, must be Knut Hamsun's 1890 chronicle of destitution and half-madness, HUNGER.
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