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Isnt it about time for a Richard Brautigan revival? This unique writer was hugely popular in the 60's and 70's but seems largely forgotten today. If he is remembered at all its for Trout Fishing In America but my own personal favourite is The Abortion which - despite the title - is a frequently hilarious portrait of a man's solitary sojourn in what must be literatures most bizarre library!

Whimsical, absurd, surrealistic, phantasmagoric... Richard Brautigan's novels and short stories are suffused with a melancholy wit and wisdom all his own.

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Hear, hear, Seb! Brautigan was a genius. I loved Trout Fishing in America, not like anything I'd previously read. I also liked Sombrero Fallout a lot.


I think some of his books were re-issued by Rebel, Inc. a few years ago, but certainly not all are currently in print in the U.K.

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I'd never heard of Richard Brautigan until a teenage book guide recommended 'The Abortion'. I bought it and was knocked out by it. It has such a great 60s feel to it, a bit trippy and surreal. I loved the idea of the ever-open library for unpublished books and the strange collection of characters who deposit their books there. I read it in one sitting and I just know I'm going to re-read it before too long as there is so much in that little book to explore.

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