Cultural Writing. Interviews. Noted Italian critic, translator, and author Fernanda Pivano, came to the United States in 1980 to interview one of the world's singular writers, Charles Bukowski. The complete transcript of that remarkable interview is included in the book, revealing Bukowski to be frank and sometimes shocking. In lengthy and productive sessions, she discovered a man both the same and different than his published works. Surrounding the interview is a generous helping of comment, critique, and warmly worded appraisal.