Denis johnson, known for his portraits of America's dispossessed, sets off literary pyrotechnics on this highway odyssey, lighting the trek with wit and a personal metaphysics that defiantly takes on the world. The most critically acclaimed, and first, ex-husband, of denis johnson's novels, Angels puts Jamie Mays -- a runaway wife toting along two kids -- and Bill Houston -- ex-Navy man, ex-con -- on a Greyhound Bus for a dark, wild ride cross country.
Jesus' Son: StoriesPicador #ad - These stories tell of spiraling grief and transcendence, of rock bottom and redemption, of getting lost and found and lost again. The raw beauty and careening energy of Denis Johnson's prose has earned this book a place among the classics of twentieth-century American literature. Picador USA. Jesus' son is a visionary chronicle of dreamers, addicts, and lost souls.
FiskadoroHarper Perennial #ad - Hailed by the new york times as "wildly ambitious" and "the sort of book that a young herman melville might have written had he lived today and studied such disparate works as the Bible, ' Fahrenheit 451, 'The Wasteland, and Dog Soldiers, screened Star Wars and Apocalypse Now several times, dropped a lot of acid and listened to hours of Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones, " Fiskadoro is a stunning novel of an all-too-possible tomorrow.
Deeply moving and provacative, fiskadoro brilliantly presents the sweeping and heartbreaking tale of the survivors of a devastating nuclear war and their attempts to breaking tale of the survivors of a devastating nuclear war and their attempts to salvage remnants of the old world and rebuild their culture.
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Tree of SmokePicador #ad - Tree of smoke is the 2007 National Book Award Winner for Fiction. One of the new york times 10 best books of the yearnamed a best book of the year by time, Salon, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Slate, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, The National Book Critics Circle, The Christian Science Monitor.
In the words of michiko kakutani in the new York Times, Tree of Smoke is "bound to become one of the classic works of literature produced by that tragic and uncannily familiar war. Picador USA. Tree of smoke is the story of william "Skip" Sands, CIA--engaged in Psychological Operations against the Vietcong--and the disasters that befall him.
Tree of Smoke #ad - It is also the story of the houston brothers, Bill and James, young men who drift out of the Arizona desert and into a war where the line between disinformation and delusion has blurred away. Picador USA.
Train Dreams: A NovellaPicador #ad - A new york times notable bookan esquire best book of 2011a new yorker favorite Book of 2011A Los Angeles Times Favorite Book of 2011 Denis Johnson's Train Dreams is an epic in miniature, one of his most evocative and poignant fictions. Buffeted by the loss of his family, Grainer struggles to make sense of this strange new world.
Picador USA. Suffused with the history and landscapes of the American West, this novella by the National Book Award--winning author of Tree of Smoke captures the disappearance of a distinctly American way of life. As his story unfolds, we witness both his shocking personal defeats and the radical changes that transform America in his lifetime.
Train Dreams: A Novella #ad - It is the story of robert grainier, a day laborer in the American West at the start of the twentieth century-an ordinary man in extraordinary times. Picador USA. Picador USA.
The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: StoriesRandom House #ad - Although his characters are often diminished and winnowed by their struggles with life, the narrative voice that describes their travails gives evidence of an imagination that is nearly boundless in its generosity and abundance. Chicago tribune“Sly, open-ended, and meticulously wise. It’s the sentences that live on.
The boston globe“Johnson’s fiction. Hits a powerful vein. The new york times book review “Grace and oblivion are inextricably yoked in these transcendent stories. Picador USA. Johnson’s gift is to extract the beauty in all that brokenness. The wall street journal “Nobody ever wrote like Denis Johnson.
The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories #ad - . But it’s the sentences—those adamantine, poetic sentences—that made him one of America’s great and lasting writers. Nobody ever came close. Johnson is a writer whose ambitions were in their own way as broad and burgeoning as Dostoyevsky’s.
The Name of the World: A NovelHarper Perennial #ad - The acclaimed author of jesus' Son and Already Dead returns with a beautiful, haunting, and darkly comic novel. In spite of outward appearances -- he holds a respectable university teaching position; he is an articulate and attractive addition to local social life -- he's a dead man walking. Nothing can touch reed, nothing can move him, although he observes with a mordant clarity the lives whirling vigorously around him.
Here is a tour de force by one of the most astonishing writers at work today. Picador USA. The name of the world is a mesmerizing portrait of a professor at a Midwestern university who has been patient in his grief after an accident takes the lives of his wife and child and has permitted that grief to enlarge him.
Michael Reed is living a posthumous life. Of his recent bereavement, "i'm speaking as I'd speak of a change in the earth's climate, nearly four years earlier, he observes, or the recent war. Facing the unwelcome end of his temporary stint at the university, Reed finds himself forced "to act like somebody who cares what happens to him.
The Name of the World: A Novel #ad - Picador USA. Tentatively he begins to let himself make contact with a host of characters in this small academic town, souls who seem to have in common a tentativeness of their own. In this atmosphere characterized, as he says, "by cynicism, and small, " he manages, occasional brilliance, against all his expectations, polite terror, to find people to light his way through his private labyrinth.
Seek: Reports from the Edges of America & BeyondHarper Perennial #ad - And not an obliging, easygoing world either; but rather one in which horror and beauty exist in such proximity that they might well be interchangeable. Picador USA. Picador USA. Where violence and poverty and moral transgression go unchecked, even unnoticed. Part political disquisition, part travel journal, part self-exploration, Seek is a collection of essays and articles in which Denis Johnson essentially takes on the world.
And, as readers of his previous work know, Johnson's path to consecration frequently requires a limning of the darkest abyss. If the path to knowledge lies in experience, Seek is a fascinating record of Johnson's profoundly moving pilgrimage. A world of such wild, rocketing energy that, grasping it, anything at all is possible.
Seek: Reports from the Edges of America & Beyond #ad - Whether traveling through war-ravaged liberia, exploring his own authority issues through the lens of this nation's militia groups, mingling with the crowds at a Christian Biker rally, or attempting to unearth his inner resources while mining for gold in the wilds of Alaska, Johnson writes with a mixture of humility and humorous candor that is everywhere present.
With the breathtaking and often haunting lyricism for which his work is renowned, Johnson considers in these pieces our need for transcendence. Picador USA.
Already Dead: A California GothicHarper Perennial #ad - Chickening out just before bringing the drugs through, he flushed the powder. Now lally wants him dead, and two goons are hot on his trail. Now his future lies in a potentially profitable marijuana patch hidden in the lush old-growth redwoods on the family land. A contemporary noir, Already Dead is the tangled story of Nelson Fairchild Jr.
Disenfranchised scion to a northern California land fortune. Picador USA. Picador USA. His marriage has fallen apart, and he may lose his land, cash and crop in the divorce. A relentless failure, Nelson has botched nearly every scheme he's attempted to pull off. Desperate, for nelson, terrified and alone, there may be only one way out.
Already Dead: A California Gothic #ad - What's more, in need of some quick cash, he had foolishly agreed to smuggle $90, 000 worth of cocaine through customs for Harry Lally, a major player in a drug syndicate. This is denis johnson's biggest and most complex book to date, and it perfectly showcases his signature themes of fate, redemption and the unraveling of the fabric of today's society.
Picador USA. Already dead, with its masterful narrative of overlapping and entwined stories, will further fuel the acclaim that surrounds one of today's most fascinating writers. Nelson has some serious problems.
The Sisters BrothersEcco #ad - Though eli doesn’t share his brother’s appetite for whiskey and killing, he’s never known anything else. The enigmatic and powerful man known only as the Commodore has ordered it, and his henchmen, Eli and Charlie Sisters, will make sure of it. Filled with a remarkable cast of characters-losers, and ne’er-do-wells from all stripes of life-and told by a complex and compelling narrator, cheaters, lustful odyssey through the underworld of the 1850s frontier that beautifully captures the humor, and grit of the Old West and two brothers bound by blood, it is a violent, melancholy, violence, and love.
But their prey isn’t an easy mark, and on the road from Oregon City to Warm’s gold-mining claim outside Sacramento, Eli begins to question what he does for a living-and whom he does it for. With the sisters brothers, patrick deWitt pays homage to the classic Western, transforming it into an unforgettable comic tour de force.
The Sisters Brothers #ad - Soon to be a major motion picture starring jake gyllenhaal, john c. Reilly and joaquin phoenixa booker prize finalist and a best book of the year: Publishers Weekly • Amazon • Hudson Booksellers • Washington Post Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. Picador USA. Picador USA. Ecco. Picador USA.
Resuscitation of a Hanged Man: A NovelPicador #ad - In pursuit of the artist―and love, and redemption―Lenny will resort to great and desperate measures to revive himself, and his faith in the world. Picador USA. Picador USA. He writes with a natural authority, and there is real music in his prose. Mona simpson, the new york times book ReviewIn the bleak of November, Lenny English drifts into the Cape Cod resort of Provincetown.
. Ecco. As lenny falls in love with a beautiful young local, a woman whose sexual orientation should preclude the affair, he soon begins his first assignment, a search for a missing painter whose personal history seems to mirror his own. Recovering from a recent suicide attempt, his soul suspended in its own off-season, he takes a job as a third-shift disk jockey, with a little private detective work on the side for his boss.
Resuscitation of a Hanged Man: A Novel #ad - Picador USA. Picador USA. Denis Johnson is an artist.