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Johnson, Denis 1949-2017

Works: 135 works in 811 publications in 20 languages and 25,065 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Short stories  Psychological fiction  Thrillers (Fiction)  War fiction  Political fiction  Historical fiction  Noir fiction  Action and adventure fiction  Short stories, American 
Roles: Author, Lyricist, Creator, Scenarist, Arranger, Director, Bibliographic antecedent, Film editor, Composer, Editor, Interviewee
Classifications: PS3560.O3745, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Denis Johnson
Tree of smoke by Denis Johnson( Book )

81 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in 12 languages and held by 3,569 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 )

52 editions published between 2002 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 2,024 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 )

40 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 1,879 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 )

47 editions published between 2008 and 2017 in 9 languages and held by 1,711 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 )

49 editions published between 1992 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,457 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 )

21 editions published between 2016 and 2019 in 4 languages and held by 1,177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
The name of the world by Denis Johnson( Book )

26 editions published between 2000 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 1,038 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
Angels by Denis Johnson( Book )

72 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in 12 languages and held by 984 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
Fiskadoro by Denis Johnson( Book )

39 editions published between 1985 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 970 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
Already dead : a California gothic by Denis Johnson( Book )

22 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 824 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 )

27 editions published between 1990 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 738 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 661 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 )

12 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 595 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 )

13 editions published between 1986 and 2003 in English and French and held by 531 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 479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of the best American short stories for 1998
Nobody move by Denis Johnson( Recording )

8 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 470 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
The incognito lounge : and other poems by Denis Johnson( Book )

10 editions published between 1982 and 2007 in English and held by 459 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Denis Johnson's poems are driven by a ravening desire to make sense out of the life lived. The subject matter is harrowingly convincing, is nothing less than a close examination of the darker side of human conduct."--Raymond Carver
The Best American short stories, 1992( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 453 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
Train dreams a novella by Denis Johnson( Recording )

10 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and German and held by 364 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
The laughing monsters : a novel by Denis Johnson( Recording )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roland Nair returns to Freetown to reunite with his friend Michael Adriko to meet Adriko's fiancee, Davidia. Together the three set out to visit Adriko's clan in the Uganda-Congo borderland. Nair gets mired in betrayal in a landscape of violence as he travels with them, gets smuggled into a war zone, kidnapped by the Congo Army, and terrorized by a self-proclaimed god ruling over a dying village. Their journey leads the three to meet themselves not in a new light, but rather in a new darkness
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Tree of smoke
Train dreamsNobody moveJesus' son : storiesThe name of the worldAngelsFiskadoroAlready dead : a California gothicResuscitation of a hanged man
Alternative Names
Denis Johnson American novelist, playwright

Denis Johnson Amerikaans dichter

Denis Johnson amerikai író

Denis Johnson amerikansk poet

Denis Johnson awdur

Denis Johnson écrivain américain

Denis Johnson scrittore statunitense

Denis Johnson spisovatel

Denis Johnson US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller

Dennis Johnson

Dionysius Johnson

Johnson, Denis

Johnson Denis Hale

Дэнис Джонсон

דניס ג'ונסון

دنیس جانسون

دنیس جانسون شاعر آمریکایی

دينيس جونسون

ジョンソン, デニス