Information about Brautigan's 'An Unfortunate Woman: A Journey'
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Note: Although The French translation of An Unfortunate Woman (Cahier d'un retour de troie) was published shortly after Brautigan's death, the English version of the book did not come out until May 2000. Shortly afterwards the Rebel Inc. edition came out in the UK.


Online Samples

The entire book can be downloaded in Word format here(external link)
(NOTE: although the site is also called The Brautigan Archives. it holds no relation with this site)



Anders, Smiley. "Tragedy pervades Brautigans' books." The Advocate 11 June 2000. Sunday Advocate Magazine: 12-13.

Anonymous. "Fishing for Truth: Brautigan's Only Child Confronts the Author's Death by Writing about His Life." People Weekly 53(23) 12 June 2000: 73.

Anonymous. "Review of An Unfortunate Woman: A Journey." Publishers Weekly 15 May 2000: 86.

Bradfield, Scott. "California: It's A Jungle Out There." The Times [London] 21 June 2000: 12.

Burnside, John. "Memoirs help make sense of an unfortunate life". The Sunday Herald 9 Jul. 2000.

Carlson, Michael. "An American Original Way Out of Style: Michael Carlson on the Literary Legacy of a Psychedelic Hero?." The Financial Times 12 Aug. 2000: 4.

Dederer, Claire. An Unfortunate Woman: A Journey Bookfinder.com

Fraser, Christopher. "The Brautigan Library: A Review of You Can't Catch Death: A Daughter's Memoir, An Unfortunate Woman: A Journey and The Edna Webster Collection of Undiscovered Writing?." The Dartmouth Contemporary Summer 2000.

Gard, Andrew. "Drama of Doomed Author Redeems Pedestrian Writing." The Plain Dealer 16 July 2000: 12.

Hall, Simon. "Ghost Laid to Rest." The Herald [Glasgow] 20 July 2000: 22.

Hamlin, Andrew. "Two New Books Explore the Enigma of Brautigan." The Seattle Times 23 July 2000: L8.

Harrington, Michael. "Autobiography Could Lead To Revisiting Brautigan's Work." Chicago Tribune 12 Sept. 2000: Section 5, 3.

Hoffert, Barbara. "An Unfortunate Woman: A Journey," Library Journal July 2000: 90.

Jackson, Mick. "Eternal Hippie." Guardian Unlimited 5 Aug. 2000.

Keefer, Bob. "Doubt Fishing in America: Beat Author's Daughter on A Quest To Understand Richard Brautigan's Death." The Register-Guard 28 May 200: 5G, 6G.

Kleinzahler, August. "No Light on in the House." London Review of Books 14 Dec. 2000: 21-22.

Lehoczhy, Etelka. "Last Words, Sort Of." The New York Times Book Review 16 July 2000.

Marshall, John. "New on the Bookshelves for Brautigan Fans." Seattle Post-Intelligencer 12 May 2000.

Pohl, R. D. "Brautigan's Last Book, Daughter's Memoir Cast Light on a Dark Subject?." The Buffalo News 1 Oct. 2000: F7.

Reynolds, Susan Salter. "Discoveries: An Unfortunate Woman?." Los Angeles Times 4 June 2000: L11.

Ring, Kevin. "Richard Brautigan". Beat Scene 37 16-18.

Seaman, Donna. "When the Trout Stream Runs Dry." The Booklist 1 June 2000: 1835.

Steinberg, Sybil S. "An Unfortunate Woman: A Journey." Publishers Weekly 15 May 2000: 86.

Uschuk, J. "Taking Life: St. Martin's Offers Two Perspectives On The Late Richard Brautigan: His, And Hers." Tucson Weekly 22-28 June 2000.

Veale, Scott. "New & Noteworthy Paperbacks: An Unfortunate Woman." The New York Times Book Review 4 Nov. 2001: L36.


Critical Studies

Bell, Robert Edward. "The Endless Walk Of Richard Brautigan." Suite 101

Kusnir, Jaroslav. "Popular Autobiography and Travel Book in One: Richard Brautigan's An Unfortunate Woman: A Journey, 2000" in American Fiction: Modernism-Postmodernism, Popular Culture, and Metafiction ibidem-Verlag, 2007: 142-151.

Way, Brian T. W. "Brautigan's Unfortunate Woman: of the journey and grace." Change 2 (Fall 2006): 7-13. excerpt from: Of fiction, film and fish: Richard Brautigan’s metafictional romance (in progress).



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Criticism in other Languages


Braudeau, Michel. "Brautigan le ténébreux." Le Monde 20 May 1994.

David, Christophe. "Brautigan hors-champ?." Le Matricule des Anges 7 (April/June 1994).

Lebon, Richard. "Brautigan, le mort reconnaissant?." Ab irato 6 (February 1995).


Amanshauser, Martin. "Forellenfischen revisited. Zwei neue englischsprachige Publikationen von und zu Richard Brautigan." Der Standard 21. Apr. 2001: 7.

Kalka, Joachim. "Schnee, der auf Worte fällt. Mild amüsiert: Richard Brautigans Landkarte des Lebens" Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 30 Sept. 2002: 36.

Flenter, Kersten. "Richard Brautigan: Eine unglückliche Frau."

Schäfer, Frank. "Der unglückliche Forellenfischer." Die Tageszeitung 11 May 2002: 19.

Winkler, Willi. "Die Asche meines Vaters. Die traurigste Geschichte der ganzen Welt: Wiederholter Versuch, Richard Brautigans amerikanisches Glück und jähes Ende zu begreifen?." Süddeustche Zeitung 7 Sept. 2000.


Allegri, Peppe. "Finalmente Brautigan: leggetelo è unico(external link)." Liberazione 19 Dec 2007: 3.

Anon. "Le donne senza fortuna di Richard Brautigan(external link)." Il Centro 23 Nov 2007: 33.

Denti, Marco. "Una donna senza fortuna: L'ultima America di Richard Brautigan(external link)." lettera.com 17 Nov 2007.

Forte, Maria Pia. "Una scarpa da donna all'incrocio(external link)." La Sicilia 6 Jan 2008: 22.

Forte, Maria Pia. "Un uomo senza fortuna a zonco tra la polvere dell'America(external link)." Giornale di Brescia 16 Feb 2008: 46.

Scateni, Stefania. "Brautigan l'ultima canzone prima di morire(external link)." L'Unità 19 Oct 2007: 24.

Sebaste, Beppe. "Il matto che raccontò l'America mai vista(external link)." Il Venerdi 19 Oct 2007: 159, 161.

Triulzi, Sebastiano. "Registro la vita in caduta libera(external link)." Alias 10 Nov 2007: 19.


Anon. "Una Mujer Infortunada." Comunidad Escolar 11 June 2003.

Anon. "Una Mujer Infortunada." Tiramillas 25 June 2003.

Fresan, Rodrigo. "La última sonrisa?" El Pais 14 June 2003.


See John Barber's Brautigan Bibliography plus+(external link) for more information on An Unfortunate Woman.


Wish List

To the best of my knowledge the following articles also discuss An Unfortunate Woman, but I do not have a copy. If you have a copy and would be willing to share it with the Brautigan community, please contact me at birgit at cybernetic-meadows.net.

Duffy, Dennis. "A Daughter's Fitting Rescue." National Post 203(2) 17 June 2000: E13.

Kirchhoff, H. J. "Fishing for Richard Brautigan." The Globe and Mail 5 Aug. 2000: D5.

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