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Denis Johnson (1949–2017)

Autor/a de Jesus' Son: Stories

35+ obres 12,066 Membres 439 Ressenyes 56 preferits

Sobre l'autor

Denis Johnson was born in Munich, Germany on July 1, 1949. He received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from the University of Iowa. He published his first book of poetry, The Man Among the Seals, at the age of 19. However, addictions to alcohol and drugs derailed him and he was in a mostra'n més psychiatric ward at the age of 21. He was sober by the early 1980s. Along with writing several volumes of poetry, Johnson wrote short stories for The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Paris Review, and Best American Short Stories. His novels included Angels, Jesus' Son, Resuscitation of a Hanged Man, Already Dead, Nobody Move, Train Dreams, and The Laughing Monsters. He won the National Book Award in 2007 for Tree of Smoke. He also received the Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts, the Robert Frost Award, and the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. He died of liver cancer on May 24, 2017 at the age of 67. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys

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Obres de Denis Johnson

Jesus' Son: Stories (1992) 2,771 exemplars
Tree of Smoke (2007) 2,363 exemplars
Train Dreams (2002) 1,578 exemplars
Nobody Move (2009) 720 exemplars
Angels (1983) 695 exemplars
Already Dead: A California Gothic (1996) 672 exemplars
Fiskadoro (1985) 545 exemplars
The Name of the World (2000) 490 exemplars
The Laughing Monsters (2014) 422 exemplars
Resuscitation of a Hanged Man (1991) 340 exemplars
The Stars at Noon (1986) 237 exemplars
The Incognito Lounge (1982) 87 exemplars

Obres associades

The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000) — Col·laborador — 1,228 exemplars
My Mistress's Sparrow Is Dead (2008) — Col·laborador — 752 exemplars
Fat City (1969) — Introducció, algunes edicions473 exemplars
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories (1994) — Col·laborador — 470 exemplars
Birthday Stories (2002) — Col·laborador — 447 exemplars
McSweeney's Issue 16 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern) (2005) — Col·laborador — 442 exemplars
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009 (2009) — Col·laborador — 359 exemplars
McSweeney's Issue 22: Three Books Held Within By Magnets (2007) — Col·laborador — 331 exemplars
The Best American Short Stories 1992 (1992) — Col·laborador — 216 exemplars
The Best American Short Stories 1990 (1990) — Col·laborador — 216 exemplars
The Best American Short Stories 2015 (2015) — Col·laborador — 215 exemplars
The New Granta Book of the American Short Story (2007) — Col·laborador — 205 exemplars
Why I Write: Thoughts on the Craft of Fiction (1998) — Col·laborador — 183 exemplars
McSweeney's Issue 4: Trying, Trying, Trying, Trying, Trying (2000) — Col·laborador — 163 exemplars
The O. Henry Prize Stories 2003 (2003) — Col·laborador — 137 exemplars
The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction (2008) — Col·laborador — 122 exemplars
The Haunting [1963 film] (1963) — Associate producer, algunes edicions78 exemplars
The Penguin Book of the Modern American Short Story (2021) — Col·laborador — 44 exemplars
Do Me: Sex Tales from Tin House (2007) — Col·laborador — 38 exemplars
The Paris Review 167 2003 Fall (2003) — Col·laborador — 12 exemplars
Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan, Volume 04 (2014) — Col·laborador — 7 exemplars
4 Poets (1995) — Col·laborador — 4 exemplars


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Grew on me greatly over the course of the book. Especially the early stories have a vague, dreamy sense about them, even as they depict violent deaths, that's a little disconcerting but also obviously a good portrayal of the days running together nothingness of constant drug use in small dead end towns. The narrator is certainly not nice at all, but he's not completely unsympathetic - some of his behaviour is shit but he's a fucked up guy born in a fucked up world where this stuff is just normal.

The writing itself is really really great. The author is incredible at conveying scene and mood and feeling. He also adds a surprising amount of humour, even in the most fucked up situations there's often comedic moments that I wasn't expecting. The writing is clever and poetic but also sharp and clear and to the point, using short images that are still powerful.

I was sort of thinking of rating a 3, but after finishing I was surprised how much of an impact it had on me. There is a journey to sobriety over the course of the book, and it's heartfelt. If you let yourself be carried along and don't worry too much about "getting it" especially at the start, there's a lot to appreciate here
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tombomp | Hi ha 78 ressenyes més | Oct 31, 2023 |
One of our reading groups discussed this novella (under 100 pages) last night. Results were mixed: some people were not sure what the author's point was, but I had no trouble with that. In fact, I read it twice. Most agreed that it presented both a time and a character poignant and occasionally funny.

An orphan is taken in by his uncle in the Pacific Northwest in the late 1800s, even taking his name, but has little memory of his origin. As he grows, a striking incident turns him from a layabout life to one of utility, if not purpose. As he goes through his adult life, he finds love and disaster, hard work and its joys; industry and culture grow around him, past the essential rural 19th century on into the machines and entertainments of a more modern era.

Highly recommended.
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ffortsa | Hi ha 110 ressenyes més | Oct 31, 2023 |
I absolutely loved this story collection! It was one of the strangest rides I've been on while reading literary fiction. There were certainly times where I wondered what exactly I was reading, but those times were evenly balanced with beautiful prose that really resonated. Some really haunting lines and images in here, considering the author's ultimate demise.

I'd 100% recommend this read!
BreePye | Hi ha 34 ressenyes més | Oct 6, 2023 |
Some lovely passages and imagery, but overall I ended up being underwhelmed and once again confused by the prize giving industry.
lschiff | Hi ha 34 ressenyes més | Sep 24, 2023 |



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