Now back in print to coincide with the publication of his new novel, 86 d, Dan Fante's Spitting Off Tall Buildings is the story of aspiring writer and part-time drunk Bruno Dante, who leaves sunny Los Angeles for cold, hard New York City. Falling into a string of temporary, dead-end jobs, punctuated by meaningless affairs and intense drinking, Bruno has almost had enough when a sudden event offers him the opportunity to get his life back on track unless screwing up, like drinking, proves a habit too difficult to shake. In prose steeped with rage and surprising humor, Fante presents a point of view of America that only the true outlaw will recognize.
“Evokes brutally and skillfully the violently numb condition of his alter ego.” -The Times (London)
“As we trawl with him through deadbeat and dead-end jobs, this unsettling novel is haunted by the spectre of Charles Bukowski.” -The Times (London)
“Moments which brush the genius of Bukowski and Hubert Selby.” -Elle (France)
“It gives an honest misfit’s view of America far too few know.” -John Fowles
“A truly great American novel.” -Scotland on Sunday
“Dan Fante’s novel does an excellent job of delivering this tale of depraved despair with a steady one-two-punch rhythm that hurts like hell while still being impossible to put down.” -Sacramento Book Review