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John Fante's Ask the DustA Joining of Voices and Views$
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Stephen Cooper and Clorinda Donato

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823287864

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823287864.001.0001

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I Had Bandini: Reading Ask the Dust in Prison

I Had Bandini: Reading Ask the Dust in Prison

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(p.193) I Had Bandini: Reading Ask the Dust in Prison
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John Fante's Ask the Dust
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Joel Williams

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823287864.003.0012

Williams recounts the true story of how he was well into his third decade of a 27-year-to-life prison sentence for murder when he discovered Ask the Dust. The gritty-poetic voice of the novel and its tragicomic treatment of the struggles of Arturo and Camila spoke so directly to him that his love of reading grew into a need to write, and he set to work crafting his own short stories. A serendipitous encounter with a visitor who put him in contact with Fante biographer Stephen Cooper turned into a long and transformative correspondence, mentorship, and friendship. The results: a book of short stories in French translation entitled Du sang dans les plumes, brought out in 2012 by the Paris publisher 13E Note Editions; and then, after 28 years behind bars, parole and freedom.

Keywords:   Ask the Dust, Bukowski, Stephen Cooper, John Fante, Knut Hamsun, Los Angeles, Native American, outsider, prison

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