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The 50 coolest books ever

FACTOTUM – CHARLES BUKOWSKI (1975) The ‘laureate of American lowlife’, in Factotum Bukowski presented his alter-ego Henry Chinaksi, a shambling booze-hound meandering from one disastrous menial job to the next with an increasing level of disdain as he struggles to get himself published as a writer. Set in the seamy world of the 40s LA barfly, this is a grubby classic.

"Each day without solitude weakened me. I took no pride in my solitude; but I was dependent on it." Factotum - Charles Bukowski