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Ask the dust : a novel

Author: John Fante
Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial Modern Classics, 2006, ©1980.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st HarperPerennial Modern Classics edView all editions and formats
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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
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Genre/Form: Bildungsromans
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Fante
ISBN: 0060822554 9780060822552
OCLC Number: 63537603
Notes: "First Ecco edition 2002."
Originally published: Santa Barbara : Black Sparrow Press, 1980.
"An ECCO book."
Description: 165, 24 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: John Fante ; with an introduction by Charles Bukowski.

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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."--Publisher's website.

Young Arturo Bandini comes to Los Angeles to be a writer. A disappointing love affair and his poverty prove bitter and disillusioning.

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