Le monde de Richard Brautigan est peuplé d'antihéros maladroits, d'oncles menteurs, d'après-midi de pêche à la truite, de méditations au bord de la rivière Long Tom, de parties de chasse en Oregon qui virent au tragique ou d'adolescents qui menacent de devenir de « dangereux criminels » s'ils n'obtiennent pas une nouvelle télévision... C'est l'Amérique du drame privé, de la catastrophe ordinaire racontée à travers ces récits très personnels et teintés d'humour.
La Vengeance de la pelouse est aussi une plongée dans la période californienne de la vie de l'auteur, sans doute la figure la plus étrange et excentrique de la Beat Generation : on y aperçoit son sourire malicieux, sa mélancolie rieuse, son regard à la fois tendre et moqueur sur son époque.
OEUVRE POETIQUE COMPLETE DU « DERNIER DES BEATS »
« Mes deux meilleurs amis ont toujours été Richard Brautigan et Tom Mc Guane. » Jim Harrison
« Ce n'est pas tous les jours qu'on dégote un trésor pareil. Sometimes, I love America, et voilà. » Frédéric Beigbeder
« Découvrir sur une table de librairie un livre de Brautigan qu'on n'a pas lu, quand on aime Brautigan, c'est toujours du grand amour. » Philippe Jaenada, ELLE
« Richard Brautigan a traversé la littérature américaine comme un météore. » Martine Laval, Télérama
L'édition bilingue tant attendue des oeuvres poétiques complètes de Richard Brautigan, avec de nombreux inédits.
Richard Brautigan est l'un des plus grands auteurs américains du XXe siècle. Membre de la Beat Generation et des mouvements de la contre-culture, il est l'auteur du roman culte La Pêche à la truite en Amérique, (Christian Bourgois et 10/18) mais également du Général su- diste de Big Sur, Retombées de sombrero, Un privé à Babylone (Christian Bourgois et 10/18) et d'un grand nombre de poèmes dont trois recueils furent édités au Castor Astral : Il pleut en amour, Journal japonais et Pourquoi les poètes inconnus restent inconnus.
So the Wind Won't Blow it all Away is a beautifully written, brooding gem of a novel - set in the Pacific Northwest region of Oregon where Brautigan spent most of his childhood.
Through the eyes, ears and voice of Brautigan's youthful protagonist the reader is gently led into a small-town tale where the narrator accidentally shoots dead his best friend with a gun. The novel deals with the repercussions of this tragedy and its recurring theme of 'What if...' fuels anguish, regret and self-blame as well as some darkly comic passages of bitter-sweet romance and despair.
Taken with the recently discovered An Unfortunate Woman these two late Brautigan novels are a fitting epitaph to a complex, contradictory and often misunderstood genius.
First published in 1971, Revenge of the Lawn is Richard Brautigan in miniature and contains new fewer than 62 ultra-short stories set mainly in Tacoma, Washington (where the author grew up) and in the flower-powered San Francisco of the late fifties and early sixties. In their compacted form, which ranges from the murderously short 'The Scarlatti Tilt' to one-page wonders like the sexually poignant poetry of 'An Unlimited Supply of 35 Millimetre Film', Brautigan's stories take us into a world where his fleeting glimpses of everyday strangeness leaves stories and characters resonating in our heads long after they're gone. Revenge of the Lawn is Brautigan's only collection of short fiction and is generally regarded as the most autobiographical of his published work.
Jesse and Lee share a house owned by a very nice Chinese dentist, where it rains in the hall. They move to cabins on the cliffs at Big Sur where the deafening croaks of frogs can be temporarily silenced by the cry, 'Campbell's Soup'. Ultimately, we learn how the frogs are permanently silenced . . . and dreams disperse around a fire into 186,000 endings per second. In anticipating flower power and the ideals of the Sixties, Brautigan's debut novel was at least at decade before its time and remains a weird and brilliant classic.
Richard Brautigan was the author of ten novels, including a contemporary classic, Trout Fishing in America, nine volumes of poetry, and a collection of stories.Here are three Brautigan novels--A Confederate General from Big Sur, Dreaming of Babylon and The Hawkline Monster--reissued in a one-volume omnibus edition.
An Unfortunate Woman, An Unforgettable Journey was the final book written by Richard Brautigan before his death in 1984 and lay unpublished for sixteen years.
Originally written in the 160 pages of a loose-leaf notebook, the narrator of the book is trying to come to terms with the death of a friend by going on a personal odyssey which zigzags through time and landscapes, from Oakland to Hawaii, and the wilds of Montana.
An Unfortunate Woman, An Unforgettable Journey walks a fine line between fiction and memoir, between dark introspection and a lust for life, and in the last pages in particular, marks a gut-wrenching, intense, and ultimately tragic exit from fiction and life itself for the troubled author.
An omnibus edition of three counterculture classics by Richard Brautigan that embody the spirit of the 1960s Trout Fishing in America is by turns a hilarious, playful, and melancholy novel that wanders from San Francisco through America's rural waterways; In Watermelon Sugar expresses the mood of a new generation, revealing death as a place where people travel the length of their dreams, rejecting violence and hate; and The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster is a collection of nearly 100 poems, first published in 1968.
When you hire C.Card, you have scraped the bottom of the private eye barrel. And when Card is hired to steal a body from the morgue, he needs to stop dreaming, find bullets for his gun and get there before someone else does.
Not since Trout Fishing in America has Brautigan so successfully combined his wild sense of humour with his famous poetic imagination. In this parody of the hard-boiled crime novel, the adventures of seedy, not-too-bright C.Card are a delight to both the mind and the heart.
Magic Child, a fifteen-year old Indian girl, wanders into the wrong whorehouse. She is looking for the right men to kill the monster. The monster that lives in the ice caves under the basement of Miss Hawkline's yellow house.
Richard Brautigan takes the reader on a heroic, magical adventure through Eastern Oregon. The Hawkline Monster confirms his place as one of the twentieth century's most exciting writers.
iDEATH is a place where the sun shines a different colour every day and where people travel to the length of their dreams. Rejecting the violence and hate of the old gang at the Forgotten Works, they lead gentle lives in watermelon sugar. In this book, Richard Brautigan discovers and expresses the mood of a new generation.
Richard Brautigan's world is one of gentle magic and marvellous laughter, of the incredibly beautiful and the beautifully incredible. TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA is a pseudonym for the miraculous. A journey which begins at the foot of the Benjamin Franklin statue in San Francisco's Washington Square, which wanders through the wonders of America's rural waterways, ends, inevitably, with mayonnaise. Funny, wild and sweet, TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA is an incomparable guide book to the delights of exploration of land and mind.