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Ich - Arturo Bandini. (1939)

von John Fante

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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.… (mehr)
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A neurotic, marginalised main character struggling with his big dreams and worst qualities amidst a varied cast of characters, none of whom are perfect themselves - all against a sumptuous backdrop of '30s LA that, I reckon, makes you feel as though you're really there.

No idea why this book and its author aren't more well-known. I had never heard of Fante before coming across this in a secondhand store, but in my opinion it holds its own amongst other classics of the time. ( )
  Styok | Aug 25, 2022 |
“I was twenty then. What the hell, I used to say, take your time, Bandini. You got ten years to write a book, so take it easy, get out and learn about life, walk the streets. That’s your trouble: your ignorance of life.”

“I didn't ask any questions. Everything I wanted to know was written in tortured phrases across the desolation of her face.”

Ask the Dust, like many of my books has been languishing on shelf for a number of years. My timing was perfect, I needed a short read before starting my Stegner, so I plucked it down and what a terrific surprise it turned out to be. I had completely forgot that it had been written in 1938. It follows a young Italian-American writer in dust-choked LA, who falls hard for a Mexican waitress, while struggling to write his first novel. The prose is sharp and spare, like a strand of barbed wire. Fante should have gotten the same recognition as Salinger, Nathanael West, or Kerourac and like those authors, they are not for everyone. Highly recommended. ( )
  msf59 | Aug 23, 2022 |
I love the time period. I love the characters. Gritty. I'm now a huge Fante fan. ( )
  btbell_lt | Aug 1, 2022 |
Genuinely surprised no one has recommended Fante to me before, being from San Diego and growing up visiting family in LA and Orange County. If you can overlook the sexism, this book is dated in a good way. Beautiful, gritty style that makes LA mysterious, appealing and disgusting at once. Weird characters, disturbing plot, swift paced vignettes. Though set in a ‘30s LA I’ve only known in film, the atmosphere of so-cal tastes familiar and you recognize the same schizophrenic energy in every page. Like Steinbeck and Salinger wrote a Sam Spade love story. Reminded me of McTeague in some ways. I’ll definitely read the rest of the Bandini novels. ( )
  invisiblecityzen | Mar 13, 2022 |
Genuinely surprised no one has recommended Fante to me before, being from San Diego and growing up visiting family in LA and Orange County. If you can overlook the sexism, this book is dated in a good way. Beautiful, gritty style that makes LA mysterious, appealing and disgusting at once. Weird characters, disturbing plot, swift paced vignettes. Though set in a ‘30s LA I’ve only known in film, the atmosphere of so-cal tastes familiar and you recognize the same schizophrenic energy in every page. Like Steinbeck and Salinger wrote a Sam Spade love story. Reminded me of McTeague in some ways. I’ll definitely read the rest of the Bandini novels. ( )
  invisiblecityzen | Mar 13, 2022 |
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 literature; many have declared it the finest novel ever to emerge from Los Angeles. In addition to critical praise, the book has also found popular success, appearing on bestseller lists in both the US and Europe. In 2006 it was even made into a Hollywood film, starring Salma Hayek and Colin Farrell. But Fante's masterpiece has not always enjoyed such prominence. In fact, its journey to its current status has been long and highly unusual.

hinzugefügt von krbrancolini | bearbeitenThe Guardian (UK), Rob Woodard (Jan 14, 2009)
 

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John FanteHauptautoralle Ausgabenberechnet
Bukowski, CharlesCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Flothuis, MeaÜbersetzerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
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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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