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    Emilano Ponzi: Charles Bukowski covers for Feltrinelli (detail)

Love Emiliano Ponzi's award-winning covers for Charles Bukowski books (some NSFW)

Posted by Rob Alderson,

Anyone who’s ever read any Charles Bukowski knows it’s a fairly unforgiving experience. The brutalist bard of the stalled American Dream writes of drunks and dropouts, of seedy sex and unfulfilled potential, in a way that teeters on nihilism. To illustrate such a singular talent you need a creative with a similarly self-confident style, and Emiliano Ponzi certainly fits the bill. The artist has just won a gold medal at the Society of Illustrators New York for a series of Bukowski covers he did for Italian translations of the work, which communicate both the extraordinary books and the man behind them with atmospheric flair.

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    Emilano Ponzi: Charles Bukowski covers for Feltrinelli

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    Emilano Ponzi: Charles Bukowski covers for Feltrinelli

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    Emilano Ponzi: Charles Bukowski covers for Feltrinelli

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    Emilano Ponzi: Charles Bukowski covers for Feltrinelli

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    Emilano Ponzi: Charles Bukowski covers for Feltrinelli

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    Emilano Ponzi: Charles Bukowski covers for Feltrinelli

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    Emilano Ponzi: Charles Bukowski covers for Feltrinelli

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    Emilano Ponzi: Charles Bukowski covers for Feltrinelli

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    Emilano Ponzi: Charles Bukowski covers for Feltrinelli

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Posted by Rob Alderson

Editor-in-Chief Rob oversees editorial across all three It’s Nice That platforms; online, print and events. He has a background in newspaper journalism and a particular interest in art, advertising and photography. He is the main host of the Studio Audience podcast.