Richard Brautigan's first novel, reissued to mark the 30th anniversary of his death. Introduced by Black Francis
Richard Brautigan was born in Tacoma, Washington where he spent much of his youth, before moving to San Francisco where he became involved with other writers in the Beat Movement. During the Sixties he became one of the most prolific and prominent members of the counter-cultural movement, and wrote some of his most famous novels including Trout Fishing in America, Sombrero Fallout and A Confederate General from Big Sur. He was found dead in 1984, aged 49, beside a bottle of alcohol and a .44 calibre gun. His daughter, Ianthe Brautigan, has written a biography of her father, You Can't Catch Death.
* An absorbing, irritating, and terribly amusing book, that brings to American humor a new and disturbing voice. San Francisco Chronicle * His style and wit transmit so much energy that energy itself becomes the message. Brautigan ... makes all the senses breathe. Only a hedonist could cram so much life onto a single page Newsweek * A truly marvellous book. It's like watching one of the great American sitcoms of the past few years -- Gordon Legge * He writes with a kind of free-wheeling, zany magic Guardian * An amazing story... You'll feel better about the whole world after reading this Los Angeles Examiner