Wait Until Spring, Bandini

Wait Until Spring, Bandini

By (author) John Fante , Introduction by Dan Fante


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A powerful, lyrical and touching tale of a turbulent adolescent trying to break out of the suffocating, prison-like confinements of family, poverty and religion in a small town, "Wait Until Spring, Bandini" tells the story of a winter in the childhood of Arturo Bandini, oldest son of Italian immigrants living in Colorado during the Great Depression. With its powerful and evocative account of tragic love affairs, grinding poverty and adolescence in turmoil, this first novel from the Bandini quartet is a much-neglected masterpiece of modern American literature.

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 16mm | 158.76g
  • 19 Jul 2007
  • Canongate Books Ltd
  • Edinburgh
  • English
  • Main
  • 1841958328
  • 9781841958323
  • 76,112

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John Fante's first novel, Wait Until Spring, Bandini, was published in 1938. Before he died, aged 74, he published numerous works of fiction and film screenplays, most notably the classic, Ask the Dust. He was posthumously recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award by PEN, Los Angeles.

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"Fante was my God." Charles Bukowski "If you haven't yet discovered John Fante, you're in for a wonderful treat." Evening Standard "Fante's writing has a freshness that should shame many of today's scribblers." Sunday Herald "An excellent rites of passage tale, infused with all the gory humiliation, rich humour and treacherous hormones of adolescence." Buzz"

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