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Spitting Off Tall Buildings

Bruno Dante, aspirant playwright, part-time depressive and long-time drunk has hitch-hiked cross country. Escaping the sunshine, have-a-nice-day culture of LA, for the more cynical climate of New York. He should fit right in. But if there’s money for beer he’s sure to fuck up. A rut of deadbeat tempting jobs follow. But Dante won’t play office politics or kiss ass. So they don’t last long. Longer stints as the night manager of a run-down hotel, a window cleaner and, finally, a cabbie, are punctuated by whacked-out affairs, drinking binges and bouts of depression. Beautiful and brutal in equal measures, Fante’s insights are fiercely compelling, desperately compassionate and obscenely funny. This is utterly unmissable.

Weight 0.203 kg
Dimensions 214 × 136 × 14 mm




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Canongate Books