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Ask the Dust

Fante, John

Published by Black Sparrow Pr, Santa Rosa, California, U.S.A., 1999
ISBN 10: 0876854447 / ISBN 13: 9780876854440
/ Condition: Very Good / Hardcover
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Title: Ask the Dust

Publisher: Black Sparrow Pr, Santa Rosa, California, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

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165 pages, mylar dustjacket in good condition, a later printing and not the limited edition, a very good clean copy. Bookseller Inventory # 032749

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Ask the Dust is a virtuoso performance by an influential master of the twentieth-century American novel. It is the story of Arturo Bandini, a young writer in 1930s Los Angeles who falls hard for the elusive, mocking, unstable Camilla Lopez, a Mexican waitress. Struggling to survive, he perseveres until, at last, his first novel is published. But the bright light of success is extinguished when Camilla has a nervous breakdown and disappears . . . and Bandini forever rejects the writer's life he fought so hard to attain.

Review: This book is another sterling recommendation from the Saltzman workshop. The under-appreciated Fante's second outing details the adventures of his alterego, Arturo Bandini, as the struggling young writer tackles Los Angeles in the late 1930s. And take it from personal experience, tackling L.A. as a destitute young scribe some decades later isn't much different. In other words: Fante gets it right and sets it down in his Chianti-steak-and-potatoes style, with prose both simple and rich. This Black Sparrow edition has a bonus: Charles Bukowski's great preface on how Fante stacks up against writers that were at once more famous--and far more anemic.

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