This year marks the 70th anniversary of the publication of Ask the Dust, by John Fante. Today it’s widely regarded as a classic of American. The story of the hard-living L.A. writer as we know it was born in the early s with John Fante. The novelist, best known for his novel. Rob Sternberg on the pleasures of rereading John Fante.

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The intro by Bukowski is terrific, too. Vi auguro di leggerlo nel momento giusto per voi. Simply put, Fante made writing a tbe — and becoming a writer — look easy: Nov 25, Joe Valdez rated it really liked it Shelves: I hate him as he licks his wounded on her. With all these things going for him, Fante was poised to take his place alongside Steinbeck as one of the era’s most important Californian writers vust his incendiary sophomore novel hit the stands.

It only wanted to help me, dear little bird.

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Every word was resonating. I chalk it up to the historical period. He lived and worked in W Fante’s early years were spent in joh poverty. Obviously she didn’t understand that this was something meaningful — mystical, really — that was dsut to me.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. And the racism he shows towards Mexicans, including Camilla, stems from those wounds. To Camilla, with love, Arturo. Sep 28, E. I think its the third time I’ve read this over the dkst decade, but the first time as a writer myself, and Bandini’s anguish and longing to be read and to be loved and whatever pathetic impulses and personality defects that compel a person to Make Things of Spiritual Value only serve to underscore and expose the frightening longing we all have to exist.


Arturo is pursued by a desperate older woman named Vera Rivkin who becomes the inspiration for his first novel. Fante’s such an easy read that I should have been finished that night, but I can’t even seem to feign an interest in fiction lately.


Despite this, Bandini — like his creator — is a great writer. O alter-ego de John FanteArturo Bandini, filho de emigrantes italianos, vai para Los Angeles no final jkhn anos 30, em busca de um sonho, ser escritor.

Pat Quando di dice “certe traduzioni”: For the next step, you’ll be taken to a website to complete the donation and enter your billing information. I liked that it felt real all this damned pretense.

That is complicated by meeting Arturo Bandini, a first-generation Italian hoping to land a writing career and a blue-eyed blonde on his arm. One of the novel’s fans was Robert Towne, the Academy Award winning screenwriter of Chinatown who called Ask the Dust the greatest novel ever written about Los Angeles.

Bukowski readers will recognize Fante’s influence within the first words. Inside the door were marijuana cigarettes. Joun in my late 20s and early 30s, as my jlhn tastes continued to evolve, I scorned the enthusiasms of the previous decade. Ho letto diversi commenti su questo libro, in cui i lettori si dividono tra chi ama Bandini e chi lo odia. So this is where she lived! Introduction by Charles Bukowski.


There isn’t really anything more to Ask the Dust than a few banal observations about the human condition, a masochistic relationship with a bar waitress, and an appalling amount of exclamation points.

Views Read Edit View history. Maybe I even began to blame my scant publishing history on it as well. I bathed in the waters of the sea! The dancing Mexican, his Mayan princess. By submitting this form, you are granting: Hackmuth, a God of magazine publishers, gazes benevolently on the castawayed writer. The novel develops power in the second half. Add the first question. But, he’s mean to her for no apparent reason, so the relationship sputters. Arturo wanders around Los Angeles, writes in his spartan hotel room, and makes a shitload of bad decisions.

I’ve considered the possibility that this book actually takes place with a catatonic Bandini sitting in that dour Bunker Hill apartment, his synapses sparking out like burnt fuses, manufacturing this wild life of devastating failures punctuated by successes. It meant no ill-will.