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Johnson, Denis 1949-2017

Works: 152 works in 908 publications in 20 languages and 25,665 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Short stories  Psychological fiction  Suspense fiction  War fiction  Political fiction  Historical fiction  Short stories, American  Noir fiction  Action and adventure fiction 
Roles: Author, Creator, Bibliographic antecedent, Lyricist, Scenarist, Director, Arranger, Interviewee, Composer, Editor, Other, Film editor
Classifications: PS3560.O3745, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Denis Johnson
Tree of smoke by Denis Johnson( Book )

83 editions published between 2005 and 2017 in 12 languages and held by 3,444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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. 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. In its vision of human folly, and its gritty, sympathetic portraits of men and women desperate for an end to their loneliness, whether in sex or death or by the grace of God, this is a story like nothing in our literature
Train dreams by Denis Johnson( Book )

54 editions published between 2002 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 1,992 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the story of early twentieth-century day laborer Robert Grainer, who endures the harrowing loss of his family while struggling for survival in the American West against a backdrop of radical historical changes
The laughing monsters : a novel by Denis Johnson( Book )

49 editions published between 2014 and 2018 in 6 languages and held by 1,833 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A literary spy thriller set in Africa, where an intelligence agent is caught up in a get rich quick scheme"--
Nobody move by Denis Johnson( Book )

49 editions published between 2008 and 2017 in 9 languages and held by 1,618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The story of an assortment of lowlifes in Bakersfield, California, and their cat-and-mouse game over $2.3 million. Touched by echoes of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, Nobody Move is at once an homage to and a variation on literary form. It salutes one of our most enduring and popular genres--the American crime novel--but with a grisly humor and outrageousness that are Denis Johnson's own."--Jacket
Jesus' son : stories by Denis Johnson( Book )

41 editions published between 1992 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jesus' Son, the first collection of stories by Denis Johnson, presents a unique, hallucinatory vision of contemporary American life unmatched in power and immediacy, and marks a new level of achievement for this acclaimed writer. Set in the Midwest and West, they are narrated by a young man, an alcoholic and heroin addict, whose dependencies have led him to petty crime, cruelty, betrayal, and various kinds of loss. Many of them are centered around the Vine, a bar in an Iowa town where the narrator meets his friends and forms alliances "based on something erroneous, some basic misunderstanding that hadn't yet come to light". In "Work", he and another man vandalize an empty house, stripping it of electrical wire to sell for scrap; "Dirty Wedding" evokes the emotional scars of an abortion from an unusual viewpoint; in "Beverly Home", our hero finds himself spying on a Mennonite couple through their bedroom window. In their intensity of perception, their neon-lit evocation of a strange world brought uncomfortably close, the stories in Jesus' Son offer a disturbing yet eerily beautiful portrayal of American loneliness and hope
The largesse of the sea maiden : stories by Denis Johnson( Book )

9 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 1,288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden is the long-awaited new story collection from 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. A collection of stories contemplates subjects ranging from old age and mortality to the unexpected ways the mysteries of the universe manifest, depicting haunted characters trying to atone for the past, remember departed loved ones, or come to terms with lifelong obsessions. 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
The name of the world by Denis Johnson( Book )

28 editions published between 2000 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 1,007 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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."--Jacket
Fiskadoro by Denis Johnson( Book )

47 editions published between 1985 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 971 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After the world has been virtually destroyed and the United States consists of only its southernmost reaches, it is the period of the Quarantine, the beginning of a new era for the youth Fiskadoro, Anthony Cheung, and Cheung's one-hundred-year-old grandmother
Angels by Denis Johnson( Book )

58 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in 12 languages and held by 935 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Angels puts Jamie Mays--a runaway wife toting along two kids--and Bill Houston--ex-Navy man, ex-husband, ex-con--on a Greyhound bus for a dark, wild ride cross country. Driven by restless souls, bad booze, and desperate needs, Jamie and Bill bounce from bus stations to cheap hotels as they ply the strange, fascinating, and dangerous fringe of American life. Their tickets may say Phoenix, but their inescapable destination is a last stop marked by stunning violence and mind-shattering surprise. 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
Already dead : a California gothic by Denis Johnson( Book )

23 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 796 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The protagonist is Nelson Fairchild, a rich man's son who grows marijuana in California and who has cheated a dealer. If he doesn't settle his debt he will be killed. But the person who holds the purse strings is his wife and she won't give him money, so Fairchild decides to kill her
Resuscitation of a hanged man by Denis Johnson( Book )

30 editions published between 1990 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thematically ambitious and written with virtuoso style, this book probes the mysteries of faith, hope, and love in a work of stirring resonance and great beauty--a memorable hard-boiled theology and a redeeming wit--the perfect spiritual tonics for tough times"--Kirkus Reviews
The best American short stories 2011 by Geraldine Brooks( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 665 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents twenty of the best works of short fiction of the past year from a variety of acclaimed sources
Tree of smoke by Denis Johnson( Recording )

18 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 557 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The lives of Skip Sands, a spy-in-training engaged in psychological operations against the Vietcong, and brothers Bill and James Houston, young men who drift out of the Arizona desert into a war, intertwine in a novel of America during the Vietnam War
The stars at noon by Denis Johnson( Book )

16 editions published between 1986 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roman noir inspiré par les multiple séjours de D. Johnson en tant que journaliste en Afrique et en Amérique centrale
The best American short stories, 1990 by Richard Ford( Book )

2 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 478 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of the best American short stories for 1990
The incognito lounge : and other poems by Denis Johnson( Book )

13 editions published between 1982 and 2007 in English and held by 467 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Raymond Carver said of The Incognito Lounge, Denis Johnson's third and most widely acclaimed book of verse: The subject matter is harrowingly convincing, is nothing less than a close examination of the darker side of human conduct. Why do we act this way? Johnson asks. How should we act? His best poems are examples of what the finest poetry can do: bring us closer to ourselves and at the same time put us in touch with something larger. --Carnegie Mellon University Press
The best American short stories, 2001 : selected from U.S. and Canadian magazines by Barbara Kingsolver( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A compilation of twenty American short stories by authors such as Rick Bass, Robert Olen Butler, Alice Mono, Joyce Carol Oates, and Tobias Wolff. Includes a list of 100 additional notable stories from 1991
Nobody move by Denis Johnson( Recording )

11 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jimmy Luntz, a compulsive gambler, owes money to Juarez, who tracks Jimmy down in Bakersfield, California, and sends Gambol to collect, but in a lucky break, Jimmy escapes and runs into Anita Desilvera, a femme fatale who is plotting to steal the millions of dollars she has been accused of embezzling
Sudden fiction (continued) : 60 new short-short stories( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Short stories by American and foreign writers. In Teresa Svoboda's Sundress, homeless people occupy a house whose owners are on holiday, and the neighbors like it
Train dreams a novella by Denis Johnson( Recording )

16 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Grainer is a day laborer in the American West at the start of the twentieth century, an ordinary man in extraordinary times. Buffeted by the loss of his family, Grainer struggles to make sense of this strange new world. As his story unfolds, listeners witness both his shocking personal defeats and the radical changes that transform America in his lifetime
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Tree of smoke
Train dreamsNobody moveJesus' son : storiesThe name of the worldFiskadoroAngelsAlready dead : a California gothicResuscitation of a hanged man
Alternative Names
Denis Johnson American writer (novel, drama, poetry, essay)

Denis Johnson americký spisovatel

Denis Johnson Amerikaans dichter

Denis Johnson amerikai író

Denis Johnson amerikanischer Schriftsteller

Denis Johnson amerikansk poet

Denis Johnson Ameryka\xf1ski pisarz, poeta

Denis Johnson awdur

Denis Johnson Denis Hale Johnson (nacido en 1949) es un escritor estadounidense conocido por su colección de relatos Jesus' Son (1992) y su novela Árbol de humo (2007), ganadora del National Book Award. También escribe obras de teatro, poesía y ensayo

Denis Johnson écrivain américain

Denis Johnson romancier, poète et scénariste américain

Denis Johnson scrittore statunitense

Denis Johnson US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller

Dennis Johnson

Dionysius Johnson

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Johnson Denis Hale

Денис Джонсон американский писатель

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دنیس جانسون

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