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John Fante - Wait ​Until Spring, Bandini
He ​came along, kicking the snow. Here was a disgusted man. His name was Svevo Bandini, and he lived three blocks down that street. He was cold and there were holes in his shoes. That morning he had patched the holes on the inside with pieces of cardboard from a macaroni box. The macaroni in that box was not paid for. He had thought of that as he placed the cardboard inside his shoes.

John Fante - The ​Bandini Quartet
Product ​Description This quartet of novels tell of Fante's fictional alter-ego Bandini, an impoverished young Italian-American escaping his suffocating home in Colorado for Depression-era Los Angeles. In the beginning, it is the triple weights of poverty, father and Church that Bandini struggles under but though the physical escape is complete, the psychological imprint continues as he comes to terms with love, desire and the knowledge his talent may not be recognised. About the Author Born in Denver on 8 April 1909, JOHN FANTE migrated to Los Angeles in his early twenties. In a life that spanned seventy-four years he wrote numerous works of fiction and film screenplays. He was posthumously recognised in 1987 with a Lifetime Achievement Award by PEN, Los Angeles four years after his death from diabetes-related complications.

John Fante - Ask ​the Dust
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.

John Fante - The ​Road to Los Angeles
I ​had a lot of jobs in Los Angeles Harbor because our family was poor and my father was dead. My first job was ditchdigging a short time after I graduated from high school. Every night I couldn’t sleep from the pain in my back. We were digging an excavation in an empty lot, there wasn’t any shade, the sun came straight from a cloudless sky, and I was down in that hole digging with two huskies who dug with a love for it, always laughing and telling jokes, laughing and smoking bitter tobacco.

John Fante - Kérdezd ​az út porát
A ​főhős egy fiatal, saját tehetségében sem biztos író, Arturo Bandini, aki mindent egy lapra feltéve Los Angelesbe költözik, hogy valóra váltsa álmait. A siker azonban nem adja könnyen magát, és hamarosan eljön a pillanat, amikor már csak egy ötcentes lapul a zsebében. Utolsó pénzéből beül egy kávéházba, és ott találkozik Camillával, a mexikói pincérlánnyal, akibe halálosan beleszeret…

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