With the breathtaking and often haunting lyricism for which his work is renowned, Johnson considers in these pieces our need for transcendence. Where violence and poverty and moral transgression go unchecked, even unnoticed. And, as readers of his previous work know, Johnson's path to consecration frequently requires a limning of the darkest abyss.
Seek: Reports from the Edges of America & Beyond #ad - Part political disquisition, part self-exploration, part travel journal, Seek is a collection of essays and articles in which Denis Johnson essentially takes on the world. 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.
If the path to knowledge lies in experience, Seek is a fascinating record of Johnson's profoundly moving pilgrimage.
The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly: Poems Collected and NewHarperCollins e-books #ad - The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly: Poems Collected and New #ad - From the award-winning poet and novelist—a must-have collection of his four previous books of poetry plus a selection of new, unpublished work.
Train Dreams: A NovellaFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Suffused with the history and landscapes of the american west—its otherworldly flora and fauna, its rugged loggers and bridge builders—the new novella by the National Book Award-winning author of Tree of Smoke captures the disappearance of a distinctly American way of life. Buffeted by the loss of his family, Grainer struggles to make sense of this strange new world.
Train Dreams: A Novella #ad - A new york times notable book for 2011 one of the economist's 2011 books of the Year One of NPR's 10 Best Novels of 2011 Denis Johnson's Train Dreams is an epic in miniature, one of his most evocative and poignant fictions. Robert grainer is a day laborer in the American West at the start of the twentieth century—an ordinary man in extraordinary times.
As his story unfolds, we witness both his shocking personal defeats and the radical changes that transform America in his lifetime.
The Name of the World: A NovelHarperCollins e-books #ad - Here is a tour de force by one of the most astonishing writers at work today. In this atmosphere characterized, occasional brilliance, " he manages, against all his expectations, polite terror, as he says, "by cynicism, and small, to find people to light his way through his private labyrinth. Elegant and incisively observed, the Name of the World is Johnson at his best: poignant yet unsentimental, replete with the visionary imaginative detail for which his work is known.
. 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.
The Name of the World: A Novel #ad - 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. The acclaimed author of jesus' Son and Already Dead returns with a beautiful, haunting, and darkly comic novel. Of his recent bereavement, nearly four years earlier, he observes, "I'm speaking as I'd speak of a change in the earth's climate, 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 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.
Already Dead: A California GothicHarperCollins e-books #ad - 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. 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.
Chickening out just before bringing the drugs through, he flushed the powder. 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. Now lally wants him dead, and two goons are hot on his trail.
Already Dead: A California Gothic #ad - Desperate, for nelson, terrified and alone, there may be only one way out. A contemporary noir, Already Dead is the tangled story of Nelson Fairchild Jr. Disenfranchised scion to a northern California land fortune. Nelson has some serious problems. 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.
Now his future lies in a potentially profitable marijuana patch hidden in the lush old-growth redwoods on the family land.
Jesus' Son: Stories Picador Modern Classics Book 3Farrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - 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. Jesus' son is a visionary chronicle of dreamers, addicts, and lost souls. These stories tell of spiraling grief and transcendence, of rock bottom and redemption, of getting lost and found and lost again.
The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: StoriesRandom House #ad - Johnson’s gift is to extract the beauty in all that brokenness. The wall street journal “Nobody ever wrote like Denis Johnson. Written in the luminous prose that made him one of the most beloved and important writers of his generation, this collection finds Johnson in new territory, contemplating the ghosts of the past and the elusive and unexpected ways the mysteries of the universe assert themselves.
Nobody ever came close. Finished shortly before johnson’s death, this collection is the last word from a writer whose work will live on for many years to come. Praise for the largesse of the Sea Maiden “An instant classic. Newsday “Exceptional luminosity. Twenty-five years after jesus’ son, the new york times • maureen corrigan, from national book award winner and two-time pulitzer prize finalist denis johnsonnational bestseller • named one of the ten best bookS OF THE YEAR BY Dwight Garner, a haunting new collection of short stories on mortality and transcendence, NPR’s Fresh Air • Chicago Tribune • Newsday • New York • AV Club • Publishers Weekly“Ranks with the best fiction published by any American writer during this short century.
The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories #ad - New york“A posthumous masterpiece. Entertainment weeklynamed one of the best books of the year by the new york times book review • the washington post • npr • the Boston Globe • New York Public Library • Kirkus Reviews • BloombergThe Largesse of the Sea Maiden is the long-awaited new story collection from Denis Johnson.
Hits a powerful vein. The new york times book review “Grace and oblivion are inextricably yoked in these transcendent stories.
Tree of Smoke: A NovelFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - That's me. This is the story of skip sands—spy-in-training, engaged in Psychological Operations against the Vietcong—and the disasters that befall him thanks to his famous uncle, a war hero known in intelligence circles simply as the Colonel. In its vision of human folly, and its gritty, whether in sex or death or by the grace of God, sympathetic portraits of men and women desperate for an end to their loneliness, this is a story like nothing in our literature.
Tree of smoke is denis johnson's first full-length novel in nine years, beautiful, and his most gripping, and powerful work to date. Tree of smoke is the 2007 National Book Award Winner for Fiction. Once upon a time there was a war. This is also the story of the houston brothers, Bill and James, young men who drift out of the Arizona desert into a war in which the line between disinformation and delusion has blurred away.
Tree of Smoke: A Novel #ad - And a young american who thought of himself as the quiet american and the Ugly American, and who wished to be neither, or the Good American, who wanted instead to be the Wise American, but who eventually came to witness himself as the Real American and finally as simply the Fucking American.
The Laughing Monsters: A NovelFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Adriko is an african who styles himself a soldier of fortune and who claims to have served, at various times, the Ghanaian army, the Kuwaiti Emiri Guard, and the American Green Berets. Their journey through a land abandoned by the future leads Nair, Adriko, and Davidia to meet themselves not in a new light, but rather in a new darkness.
He's probably broke now, at thirty-six, but he remains, as stirred by his own doubtful schemes as he was a decade ago. Although nair believes some kind of money-making plan lies at the back of it all, Adriko's stated reason for inviting his friend to Freetown is for Nair to meet Adriko's fiancée, a grad student from Colorado named Davidia.
The Laughing Monsters: A Novel #ad - Together the three set out to visit Adriko's clan in the Uganda-Congo borderland—but each of these travelers is keeping secrets from the others. Passport. They once made a lot of money here during the country's civil war, curious to see whether good luck will strike twice in the same place, and, Nair has allowed himself to be drawn back to a region he considers hopeless.
Denis johnson's new york times bestseller, the laughing Monsters, is a high-suspense tale of kaleidoscoping loyalties in the post-9/11 world that shows one of our great novelists at the top of his game. Roland nair calls himself Scandinavian but travels on a U. S. After ten years' absence, sierra Leone, he returns to Freetown, to reunite with his friend Michael Adriko.