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Burnside, John 1955-

Works: 169 works in 614 publications in 9 languages and 8,387 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Biography  Thrillers (Fiction)  Poetry  Detective and mystery fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Domestic fiction  Paranormal fiction 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Contributor, Editor, Printer, pre
Classifications: PR6052.U6683, 823.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by John Burnside
The glister : a novel by John Burnside( Book )

43 editions published between 2008 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 1,004 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ever since George Lister's chemical plant shut down, the neighboring woods have become the home to strange, sickly plants, and when a young boy named Leonard and his friends realize that boys from their school are vanishing after venturing into the poisoned woods, they alone are willing to confront the forces of evil that are destroying their once-happy town
The devil's footprints : a novel by John Burnside( Book )

43 editions published between 2007 and 2018 in 6 languages and held by 687 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Once, on a winter's night many years ago, after a heavy snow, the devil passed through the Scottish fishing town of Coldhaven, leaving a trail of dark hoofprints across the streets and roofs of the sleeping town. Michael Gardiner has lived in Coldhaven all his life, but still feels like an outsider, a blow-in. But that is about to change
A summer of drowning by John Burnside( Book )

34 editions published between 2011 and 2018 in 6 languages and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At a critical point in her career, painter Angelika Rossdal suddenly moves to Kvaloya, a small island deep in the Arctic Circle, to dedicate herself to the solitary pursuit of her craft. She takes her young daughter with her. Things take a dark turn - is there something supernatural happening on the island?
On Henry Miller, or, How to be an anarchist by John Burnside( Book )

8 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An engaging invitation to rediscover Henry Miller--and to learn how his anarchist sensibility can help us escape "the air-conditioned nightmare" of the modern worldThe American writer Henry Miller's critical reputation--if not his popular readership--has been in eclipse at least since Kate Millett's blistering critique in Sexual Politics, her landmark 1970 study of misogyny in literature and art. Even a Miller fan like the acclaimed Scottish writer John Burnside finds Miller's "sex books"--including The Rosy Crucifixion, Tropic of Cancer, and Tropic of Capricorn--"boring and embarrassing." But Burnside says that Miller's notorious image as a "pornographer and woman hater" has hidden his vital, true importance--his anarchist sensibility and the way it shows us how, by fleeing from conformity of all kinds, we may be able to save ourselves from the "air-conditioned nightmare" of the modern world. Miller wrote that "there is no salvation in becoming adapted to a world which is crazy," and in this short, engaging, and personal book, Burnside shows how Miller teaches us to become less adapted to the world, to resist a life sentence to the prison of social, intellectual, emotional, and material conditioning. Exploring the full range of Miller's work, and giving special attention to The Air-Conditioned Nightmare and The Colossus of Maroussi, Burnside shows how, with humor and wisdom, Miller illuminates the misunderstood tradition of anarchist thought. Along the way, Burnside reflects on Rimbaud's enormous influence on Miller, as well as on how Rimbaud and Miller have influenced his own writing. An unconventional and appealing account of an unjustly neglected writer, On Henry Miller restores to us a figure whose searing criticism of the modern world has never been more relevant."--
Black cat bone : poems by John Burnside( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Winner of both the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize, Black Cat Bone is the first American publication of the poetry of John Burnside. John Burnside's Black Cat Bone is full of poems of thwarted love and disappointment, raw desire, the stalking beast. One sequence tells of an obsessive lover coming to grief in echoes of the old murder ballads, and another longer poem describes a hunter losing himself in the woods while pursuing an unknown and possibly unknowable quarry. Black Cat Bone introduces American readers to one of the best poets writing across the Atlantic."--Publisher's website
The dumb house : a chamber novel by John Burnside( Book )

29 editions published between 1997 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Dumb House is a wonderfully disturbing book--chillingly focused and lyrically amoral with moments of remarkable stillness and beauty. A poetic novel in the best and most troubling sense."--A.L. Kennedy
Black cat bone by John Burnside( Book )

16 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Burnside's remarkable new book is full of strange, unnerving poems that hang in the memory like a myth or a song. These are poems of thwarted love and disappointment, of raw desire, of the stalking beast, 'eye-teeth/and muzzle/coated with blood'; poems that recognise 'we have too much to gain from the gods, and this is why/they fail to love us'; poems that tell of an obsessive lover coming to grief in a sequence that echoes the old murder ballads, or of a hunter losing himself in the woods while pursuing an unknown and possibly unknowable quarry. Drawing on sources as various as the paintings of Pieter Brueghel and the lyrics of Delta blues, Black Cat Bone examines varieties of love, faith, hope and illusion, to suggest an unusual possibility: that when the search for what we expected to find--in the forest or in our own hearts--ends in failure, we can now begin the hard and disciplined quest for what is actually there. Full of risk and wonder, Black Cat Bone shows the range of Burnside's abilities, but also strikes out for new territories. He remains consistently, though, one of our finest living lyric poets and each of these astonishing poems is as clear and memorable as 'a silver bracelet/falling for days/through an inch and a half/of ice'. --Publisher description
The asylum dance by John Burnside( Book )

14 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lucid, tender, and strangely troubling, the poems in The Asylum Dance - which won the Whitbread Prize for Poetry - are hymns to the tension between the sanctuary of home and the lure of escape. This is territory that Burnside has made his own: a domestic world threaded through with myth and longing, beyond which lies a no man's land - the 'somewhere in between' - of dusk or dawn, of mists or sudden light, where the epiphanies are. Using the framework of four long poems, 'Ports', 'Settlements', 'Fields' and 'Roads', the poet balances presence with absence; we are shown the homing instinct - felt in the blood and marrow - as a pull to refuge, simplicity, and a safe haven, while at the same time hearing the siren call from the world beyond: the thrilling expectancy of fairground or dancehall, the possibilities of the open road. With a confident open line and complete command of the language, John Burnside writes with grace, agility and profound philosophical purpose, confirming his position in the front rank of contemporary poetry
Something like happy by John Burnside( Book )

11 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In these remarkable stories, John Burnside takes us into the lives of men and women trapped in marriage, ensnared by drink, diminished by disappointment; all kinds of women, all kinds of men - lonely, unfaithful, dying - driving empty roads at night. These are people for whom the idea of 'home' has become increasingly intangible, hard to believe - and happiness, or grace, or freedom, all now seem to belong in some kind of dream, or a fable they might have read in a children's picture book. As he says in one story, 'All a man has is his work and his sense of himself, all the secret life he holds inside that nobody else can know.' But in each of these normal, damaged lives, we are shown something extraordinary: a dogged belief in some kind of hope or beauty that flies in the face of all reason and is, as a result, both transfiguring and heart-rending. John Burnside is unique in contemporary British letters: he is one of our best living poets, but he is also a thrillingly talented writer of fiction. These exquisitely written pieces, each weighted so perfectly, opens up the whole wound of a life in one moment - and each of these twelve short stories carries the freight and density of a great novel
Glister by John Burnside( )

13 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fifteen year old, Leonard describes his hometown as a contemporary hell. The poisoned woods behind the derelict buildings are haunted by wild children, a strange sickly fauna and the mysterious Moth Man, an ecologist who apperas to be conducting a bizarre survey into local insect populations. Every year a boy from Leonard's school disappears are vanishing into the wasteland of the old chemical plant. Morrison, the town policeman, is determined to learn the truth for himself
Ashland & Vine by John Burnside( Book )

19 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is 1999. Kate Lambert, a grieving, semi-alcoholic film student, invites an elderly woman to take part in an oral-history documentary. The woman, Jean Culver, declines, but makes her a bizarre counter-offer: if Kate can stay sober for four days, she will tell her a story. And if she can stay sober beyond that, there will be another, and then another, amounting to the entire history of one family's life. Though still shattered by the death of her father, and by the desultory abuse imposed by Laurits, her enigmatic collaborator and erstwhile lover - Kate is soon drawn into a Scheherazade-like matrix of tales, some painfully final, some still unfinished, in which Jean gradually offers a heartbreaking account, not only of one family, but of the American century itself, from World War II to Vietnam and the Weather Underground. A profound, mysterious, deeply moving novel - a meeting of love and grief, like water on arid soil - Ashland & Vine is the story of an unlikely friendship that transcends time, age and the limits of narrative to reveal the unexpected grace that comes of listening to another's history, while telling, as carefully as we can, what we know of our own
Living nowhere by John Burnside( Book )

14 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and French and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Corby, the industrial new town built around a vast steel works, draws many to the fires of its furnaces - in the hope of steady work, a better house, a fresh start. Among them are Francis Cameron, from Scotland, and his friend Jan Ruckert, the son of Latvian refugees. Though very different they are both outsiders; alienated, intelligent and curious, they form a strong and lasting bond: two teenage boys finding their feet in a foreign place. But violence hangs in the Corby air like the ash and the stench from the steel works, and when it comes down it is sudden and lethal - with repercussions that will last a lifetime."--BOOK JACKET
The locust room by John Burnside( Book )

10 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the summer of 1975, a rapist stalked the streets of Cambridge, attacking young, single women and subjecting them to horrifying, violent assaults. Over one summer a young photographer is forced to examine his relationship with women as he becomes involved in a series of sexual intrigues
All one breath by John Burnside( Book )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author examines our shared experience of this mortal world: how we are 'all one breath' and - with that breath - how we must strive towards harmony. Recognising that our attitudes to other creatures - human and non-human - cause too much damage and hurt, these poems celebrate the fleeting, charged moments where, through measured and gracious encounters with other lives, we find our true selves, and bring some brief, insubstantial goodness and beauty into being.--From book flap
Selected poems by John Burnside( Book )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Burnside's territory is the no man's land of threshold and margin, the charmed half-light of the liminal, a domestic world threaded through with mystery, myth and longing. In this collection he develops those themes looking at the place of the individual in the world and the idea of home entwined with the lure of absence
The light trap by John Burnside( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The mercy boys by John Burnside( Book )

12 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Four Scottish men meet every day in their local pub and drink themselves senseless, that is until their world falls apart when one of the men drifts off into a bizarre trap and another commits an act of mindless violence. From the author of THE DUMB HOUSE
An essay on mourning by John Burnside( )

3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This pocket-sized paperback is one of the twenty-four titles published for 2017 Hong Kong International Poetry Nights. The theme of IPHHK2017 is "Ancient Enmity". IPNHK is one of the most influential international poetry events in Asia. From 22-26 November 2017, over 20 invited poets from various countries will be in Hong Kong to read their works based on the theme "Ancient Enmity." Included in the anthology and box set, these unique works are presented with Chinese and English translations in bilingual or trilingual formats
The good neighbour by John Burnside( Book )

5 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Burning Elvis by John Burnside( Book )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The glister : a novel
The devil's footprints : a novelA summer of drowningThe dumb house : a chamber novelBlack cat boneThe asylum danceGlisterLiving nowhereThe locust room
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Burnside, John

John Burnside britischer Schriftsteller und Hochschullehrer

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Джон Бернсайд

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