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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

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

Joel Williams

Fordham University Press

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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