the ledge files
the ledge - nl - uk
Ask the Dust
John Fante
publisher: Querido, Amsterdam, 1939

refered to by:
[De heilige Antonio]
Arnon Grunberg

full text search:

the ledge - flash version*


Arturo Bandini is a twenty-year-old burgeoning writer, spending his days hungry for success, life and food in a dingy hotel in Los Angeles. Full of the enthusiasm of youth, and the thrill of having one short story published, the reality of poverty and prejudice has hit him hard. He meets a local waitress, Camilla Lopez, and embarks on a strange and strained love-hate relationship. Slowly, but inexorably, it descends into the realms of madness. Fante depicts the highs and lows of the emotional state of Bandini with conviction, but without easy sentiment. In Ask the Dust, Fante is truly 'telling it like it is' as a poverty-stricken son of an immigrant in 'perfect' California.
(Take note: this novel was first published by Stackpole sons in New York, but the newer edition, published by Black Sparrow Press in 1982, includes a fine introduction by Charles Bukowski.)


Ask the Dust
Fante describes the adventures of his alterego, Arturo Bandini, as the struggling young writer tackles Los Angeles in the late 1930s.
Wait Until Spring, Bandini
The life of a poor Italian immigrant family in 1920s America.
make a note


Code (above)

The Ledge
editor-in-chief: Stacey Knecht,
Thanks to: De digitale pioniers and
Het Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds
Design: Maurits de Bruijn

Copyright: Pieter Steinz, Stacey Knecht
All rights reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means, including information storage and retrieval systems, without permission in writing from the author.