IBNA- ‘Dreams from Bunker Hill’ (1982) a book by noted American novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter John Fante has been published Persian and is available in Iranian bookstores.
The novel has been translated into Persian by Mohammad-Reza Shekari. Tehran-based Ofogh Publishing has released ‘Dreams from Bunker Hill’ in 176 pages.
The novel reads: “My first collision with fame was hardly memorable. I was a busboy at Marx's Deli. The year was 1934. The place was Third and Hill, Los Angeles. I was twenty-one years old, living in a world bounded on the west by Bunker Hill, on the east by Los Angeles Street, on the south by Pershing Square, and on the north by Civic Center.
I was a busboy nonpareil, with great verve and style for the profession, and though I was dreadfully underpaid (one dollar a day plus meals) I attracted considerable attention as I whirled from table to table, balancing a tray on one hand, and eliciting smiles from my customers. I had something else beside a waiter's skill to offer my patrons, for I was also a writer.”
Fante is known to be one of the first writers to portray the tough times faced by many writers in Los Angeles, and is often referred to as "the quintessential L.A. novelist,”
His published works while he lived included five novels, one novella, and a short story collection. Additional works, including two novels, two novellas, and two short story collections, were published posthumously.
The author’s clear voice, vivid characters, reckless style, and painful, emotional honesty blended with humor and scrupulous self-criticism lends his books to wide appreciation. Most of his novels and stories take place either in Colorado or California.
Fante's work and style have influenced similar authors such as Charles Bukowski, who stated in his introduction to ‘Ask the Dust’, the other episode from "The Bandini Quartet" that "Fante was my god".
His screenwriting credits include, most notably, ‘Full of Life’ (1956, based on his 1952 novel by that name), ‘Jeanne Eagels’ (1957), and the 1962 films ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ and ‘The Reluctant Saint’.