The Bandini Quartet

The Bandini Quartet : Wait Until Spring, Bandini: The Road to Los Angeles: Ask the Dust: Dreams from Bunker Hill

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Possessing a style of deceptive simplicity, emotional immediacy and tremendous psychological point, among the novels, short stories and screenplays that complete his career, Fante's crowning accomplishment is the Arturo Bandini tetralogy. This quartet of novels tell of Fante's fictional alter-ego Bandini, an impoverished young Italian-American escaping his suffocating home in Colorado for Depression-era Los Angeles. In the beginning, it is the triple weights of poverty, father and Church that Bandini struggles under but though the physical escape is complete, the psychological imprint continues as he comes to terms with love, desire and the knowledge his talent may not be more

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  • Paperback | 768 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 50mm | 598.74g
  • Canongate Books Ltd
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 1841954977
  • 9781841954974
  • 34,679

About John Fante

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 more

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Born in 1909 in the United States, John Fante was described as one of the great outsider figures of twentieth century literature and yet is now regarded as one of the finest writers of his generation. Of his many literary works, 'The Bandini Quartet' - four stories of one man's struggles, are viewed as his greatest achievement. Here the four novels are brought together for the first time in one volume. The stories have a strong autobiographical tone and the main character, Arturo Bandini is often described as the author's alter ego. Bandini is a simple man from the hills of Abruzzi in Italy. A young Italian-American from a humble background he longs to escape his claustrophobic home in Colorado and fulfil his ambition to become a great novelist. Armed with only his Jesuit high school education, he heads for Depression-era Los Angeles to seek literary fame. This is a wonderful collection of stories, written with integrity and emotion that come instantly to life. Aspiring writers will sympathise with Bandini's eternal hopefulness, the belief that if he could, "write a sentence, a single perfect sentence" - more would surely follow. The stories are highly atmospheric and intensely powerful. Each novel stands alone and the collection can be read in any order but it is a luxury to have the complete series accessible in one volume. This edition also includes the first-ever UK publication of 'Dreams From Bunker Hill' - the wonderful and final novel, which was dictated by the author at the end of his life, when blind and wheel-chair bound. Not to be missed. (Kirkus UK)show more

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Bandini is a magnificent creation, and his rediscovery is not before time. * Times Literary Supplement * John Fante knew how to make words sing. When he was on form, he could write sentences that stopped time. * Uncut * John Fante takes some beating ... mean, moody, disturbing and intensely atmospheric. * The Times * Fante's searing, effortless style eschewed the refinement of Fitzgerald, the hubris of Hemingway and the panoramic vistas of Dos Passos. Instead he marshalled the raw materials of his own life - poverty, sex, paternal hatred, Catholic guilt, misplaced pride, hard drinking, labour, fighting, overarching literary ambition and the internecine hatred within immigrant communities in pre-war America - rendering the pain and comedy with such heartbreaking simplicity as to brook no hint of the literary zeitgeist. * Dazed and Confused *show more
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