john fante

John Fante and the great American novel.

How Hitler Nearly Killed the Great American Novel and Charles Bukowski Saved It

Never before has a novel encapsulated downtrodden, depression-era Los Angels like John Fante’s Ask the Dust, and it’s not even close. It’s a pure masterclass through and through, one of the greatest pieces in the literary canon without even trying. It’s often been touted as the Left Coast’s answer to Gatsby, their Great American Novel. The way Fante describes the city and goes into deep, ruthless detail about its poor