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Prologue to Ask The Dust by John Fante

John Register Books

Prologue to Ask the Dust by John Fante with Etchings by John Register

hardcover book with slipcase Edition of 75 $1,500

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John Fante's gritty, tersely lyrical novel Ask the Dust has been praised by critics and writers for more than 60 years; Charles Bukowski once wrote that "Fante was my god." This previously unpublished manuscript, found by Joyce Fante five decades after its composition, was written by Fante as a condensed preview of the novel for his publisher. It is accompanied in this limited edition by a series of etchings excised in hardground, aquatint, and drypoint by John Register.