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Ask The Dust

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Description

Arturo Bandini arrives in Los Angeles with big dreams. But the reality he finds is a city gripped by poverty.

When he makes a small fortune from the publication of a short story, he reinvents himself, indulging in expensive clothes, fine food and downtown strip clubs. But Bandini's delusions take a worrying turn when he is drawn into a relationship with Camilla Lopez, a beautiful but troubled young woman who will be responsible for his greatest downfall.

Ask the Dust is an unforgettable novel about outsiders looking in on a town built on celluloid dreams.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 12mm | 157g
  • Canongate Canons
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main - Canons Imprint Re-issue
  • 0857862375
  • 9780857862372
  • 58,844

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Written of and from the gut and the heart . . . Fante was my god Charles Bukowski
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Written of and from the gut and the heart . . . Fante was my god -- Charles Bukowski A powerful and moving read * * Guardian * * A tough and beautifully realised tale - affecting, powerful and poignant * * Time Out * * This stunning novel, as Charles Bukowski's 1980 foreword outlines, was the reason he became a writer. Is there any better recommendation? * * Uncut * * Bandini is a magnificent creation, and his discovery is not before time * * Times Literary Supplement * *
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About John Fante

John Fante was born in Denver on 8 April 1909 and migrated to Los Angeles in his early twenties. 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 recognised in 1987 with a PEN Lifetime Achievement Award in Los Angeles, four years after his death.
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22,621 ratings
4.12 out of 5 stars
5 41% (9,221)
4 37% (8,466)
3 17% (3,824)
2 4% (867)
1 1% (243)
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