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Ask the Dust.

John Fante.

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ISBN 10: 0586064249 / ISBN 13: 9780586064245
Published by Granada Publishing: Panther, London, UK, 1985
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Very Good+ in Wraps: shows indications of very light use: just a touch of wear to extremities; mildest rubbing to wrapper covers; former owner's name at front end paper; pages have tanned somewhat with age; crease along the front hinge; binding square and secure; text clean. Remains close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 175pp. Preface by Charles Bukowski. First Edition UK [1985]; unstated. Trade Paperback. 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. Bookseller Inventory # 45543

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Title: Ask the Dust.

Publisher: Granada Publishing: Panther, London, UK

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Paperback

Edition: First Edition UK [1985]; unstated..

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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.

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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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