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Ask The Dust [Paperback]

John Fante , Charles Bukowski
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Review

Written of and from the gut and the heart . . . Fante was my god

A powerful and moving read (Guardian)

A tough and beautifully realised tale - affecting, powerful and poignant (Time Out)

Bandini is a magnificent creation, and his discovery is not before time (Times Literary Supplement)

This stunning novel, as Charles Bukowski's 1980 foreword outlines, was the reason he became a writer. Is there any better recommendation? (Uncut) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Book Description

With an introduction by Charles Bukowski --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Back Cover

Arturo Bandini is a struggling writer lodging in a seedy LA hotel. While basking in the glory of having had a single short story published in a small magazine, he meets local waitress Camilla Lopez and they embark on a strange and strained love-hate relationship. Slowly, but inexorably, it descends into the realms of madness.

Ask The Dust is one of the truly great, yet unsung, American novels of the twentieth century. A tough and unsentimental story with a soft and tender heart, it remains as fresh and affecting as the day it was written.

With an introduction by Charles Bukowski. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Born in Denver on 8 April 1909, John Fante migrated to Los Angeles in his early twenties. Classically out of place in a town built on celluloid dreams, Fante's literary fiction was full of torn grace and redemptive vengeance. Wait Until Spring, Bandini (1938), his first novel, began the saga of Arturo Bandini, a character whose story continues in The Road to Los Angeles, Ask the Dust and Dreams from Bunker Hill - collectively known as The Bandini Quartet. Fante published several other novels, as well as stories, novellas and screenplays in his seventy-four years, including The Brotherhood of the Grape (1977) and 1933 Was A Bad Year (posthumously, 1985). He was posthumously recognised in 1987 with a Lifetime Achievement Award by PEN in Los Angeles, four years after his death from diabetes-related complications.
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