Bukowski’s alter ego, Henry Chinaski, returns revelling in his eternal penchant for booze, women and horse-racing as he makes the precarious journey from poet to screenwriter. ‘Hollywood’ is based on the author’s experiences when working on the film ‘Barfly’.
‘What will you do?’
‘Oh, hell, I’ll write a novel about writing the screenplay and making the movie.’
‘What are you going to call it?’
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. Poetic, sharp and dangerous, Hollywood – Bukowski’s fictionalisation of his experiences making the film Barfly – explores the many dark shadows to be found in the neon-soaked glare of Hollywood’s limelight.