One of the great outsider figures of twentieth-century literature, John Fante possessed a style of deceptive simplicity, full of emotional immediacy and tremendous psychological point. Among the novels, short stories and screenplays that comprised his career, Fante's crowning accomplishments were, for many, his four stories about a certain uncomplicated character from the hills of Abruzzi.
Collected together in one volume for the first time, The Bandini Quartet tells of Arturo Bandini, Fante's fictional alter ego, an impoverished young Italian-American who, armed with only a Jesuit high school eduction and the insane desire to write novels, escapes his suffocating home in Colorado to seek glory in a Depression-era Los Angeles.
This edition also includes the first-ever UK publication of Dreams From Bunker Hill, the brilliant and final novel which a blind and wheelchair bound Fante, nearing his death bed, dictated to his wife Joyce.
* Bandini is a magnificent creation, and his rediscovery is not before time. Times Literary Supplement * John Fante knew how to make words sing. When he was on form, he could write sentences that stopped time. Uncut * John Fante takes some beating ... mean, moody, disturbing and intensely atmospheric. The Times * Fante's searing, effortless style eschewed the refinement of Fitzgerald, the hubris of Hemingway and the panoramic vistas of Dos Passos. Instead he marshalled the raw materials of his own life - poverty, sex, paternal hatred, Catholic guilt, misplaced pride, hard drinking, labour, fighting, overarching literary ambition and the internecine hatred within immigrant communities in pre-war America - rendering the pain and comedy with such heartbreaking simplicity as to brook no hint of the literary zeitgeist. Dazed and Confused