Bukowski's novel is a juicy roman - clef, the fictionalized behind-the-scenes account of Henry Chinaski's wild and woolly adventures as screenwriter on a Hollywood movie.
On every page the reader may recognize international luminaries of silver screen and gold card. This hilarious tale of the inside workings of the Eighties Filmworld jet set answers the question, will the big time actually spoil Hank Chinaski--or vice versa?
A contemporary update of the old rags to riches story, HOLLYWOOD rings new changes that are pure Bukowski, the rough-beast master writing at the height of his comic powers. 'Are you becoming what you've always hated?' the bemused graduate of Skid Row asks himself as his new tax consultant pushes him to invest a chunk of his screenplay front-money in real estate. But even at the brink of the abyss of total success, our hero manages to retain a healthy skepticism and sense of humor.