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John Fante’s “Ask the Dust”: A Review

I’m fond of books that made few ripples when born into the world, but surface many years later to find fame and critical acclaim. A few years ago I came across one such novel: Paul Bowles’ A Sheltering Sky. Published in 1949, the book became a movie 51 years later in 1990, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, and starring John Malkovich and Debra Winger. Bowles, then nearly 80, narrated the film and appeared
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