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Butler, Robert Olen

Overview
Works: 52 works in 311 publications in 11 languages and 22,121 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Domestic fiction  Love stories  Detective and mystery stories  Short stories  Psychological fiction  Suspense fiction 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PS3552.U8278, 813.54
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Most widely held works about Robert Olen Butler
 
Most widely held works by Robert Olen Butler
A good scent from a strange mountain : stories by Robert Olen Butler( Book )

49 editions published between 1992 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 2,689 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Vietnam War continues to play itself out in fiction, autobiography, and history books, but no American author has captured the experiences of the Vietnamese themselves--and caught their voices--more tellingly than Robert Olen Butler, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1993 for A Good Scent From a Strange Mountain. The 15 stories collected here, all written in the first person, blend Vietnamese folklore, the terrible, lingering memories of war, American pop culture and family drama
The deep green sea : a novel by Robert Olen Butler( Book )

19 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A romance in Vietnam between a returning American and his Amerasian tourist guide. As they get to know each other the question arises, is she the daughter of the bar girl he slept with? The guide cannot tell, she was abandoned by her mother, but a trip to the country will provide an answer. By the author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
They whisper : a novel by Robert Olen Butler( Book )

23 editions published between 1993 and 2003 in 5 languages and held by 1,284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Butler's narrator is Ira Holloway, who as he moves into middle age is driven to examine his sexuality and its profound hold on him. Ira is, in many respects, an ordinary man: son of a steelworker, he is a husband and father; a Vietnam Vet, he works now as public relations man. But the details of Ira's quotidian life are of little real importance in his story. He lives - as so many men do - in an ongoing internal landscape populated by all the many women he has loved. And continues to love - instinctively, comprehensively, creatively, deeply. So deeply, in fact, that as he relives the moments of intimacy with them, Ira often speaks in the voices of these women. This weaving of the inner voices of both a man and the women he's loved creates a narrative driven by intuition and sensuality and free of theories and cant intellectualizing
A small hotel by Robert Olen Butler( Book )

8 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A tale set in reverse chronicles the failing marriage of New Orleans residents Michael and Kelly Hayes, who, on the day their divorce becomes final, revisit their shared history to evaluate the insecurities and inabilities that have driven them apart
Fair warning : a novel by Robert Olen Butler( Book )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 1,027 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At age forty, Amy is the company's star employee, capable of selling a Renoir painting of a pudgy nude for twice its value. Hers are the charms and talents of a sophisticated woman; intelligence, ambition, wit, and endless charisma."--Jacket
Hell by Robert Olen Butler( Book )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and Czech and held by 1,012 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hatcher McCord is an evening newscaster who has found himself in Hell and is struggling to explain his bad fortune. He's far from the only one to suffer this fate--in fact, he's surrounded by an outrageous cast of characters, including William Shakespeare, Humphrey Bogart, Richard M. Nixon, Jezebel, Judas Iscariot, Pope Boniface VIII, J. Edgar Hoover, and a panoply of present-day figures who will soon be in Hell. The question may be not who is in Hell but who isn't. Butler's Hell isn't as much a boiling lake of fire--although there is that--as it is a Sisyphean trial tailored to each inhabitant. One day, Hatcher McCord meets Dante's Beatrice, who believes there is a way out of Hell. Soon thereafter, by a twist of diabolical fate and an interviewer's savvy, he learns a deep, dark secret of the underworld. From there Butler is off on a madcap romp about good, evil, free will, and the possibility of escape.--From publisher's description
The hot country by Robert Olen Butler( Book )

16 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 999 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christopher Marlowe ("Kit") Cobb, an early 20th-century American war correspondent reporting on Mexico's civil war, witnesses the attempted assassination of a priest and the arrival of strange ships bearing German officials
Had a good time : stories from American postcards by Robert Olen Butler( Book )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and French and held by 960 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of short fiction inspired by postcards from a bygone era and their messages offers fifteen pieces, including "Carl and I," "The Ironworkers' Hayride," and "The One in White."
Mr. Spaceman : a novel by Robert Olen Butler( Book )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 954 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A spaceman orbits the Earth, gently abducting people to study humanity, then erasing the event from their memories. Problems arise when he falls in love with a beautician from Alabama
Tabloid dreams : stories by Robert Olen Butler( Book )

18 editions published between 1996 and 2005 in English and French and held by 879 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twelve off-beat stories. In JFK Secretly Attends Jackie's Auction, President Kennedy, who survived the assassination and is a prisoner of the CIA, is allowed to attend an auction of his wife's property, while in Jealous Husband Returns in Form of Parrot, a husband reincarnated as a parrot tries to make amends to his wife who now owns him
From where you dream : the process of writing fiction by Robert Olen Butler( Book )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 863 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Janet Burroway, author of Writing Fiction, the classic text on creative writing ... introduces her edited transcripts of Butler's thought-provoking lectures. From Where You Dream reimagines the process of writing as emotional rather than intellectual and tells writers how to achieve the dreamspace necessary for composing honest, inspired fiction. Proposing fiction as the exploration of the human condition with yearning as its compass, Butler reinterprets the traditional tools of the craft using the dynamics of desire."--Publisher's website
The star of Istanbul by Robert Olen Butler( Book )

8 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 836 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christopher Marlowe ("Kit") Cobb, an American war correspondent reporting on World War I, has been tasked to follow a man named Brauer, a German intellectual and possible covert SS agent, into perilous waters aboard the ship Lusitania, as the man is believed to hold information vital to the war effort. Aboard the Lusitania on its fateful voyage, Cobb becomes smitten with famed actress Selene Bourgani, who for some reason appears to be working with German Intelligence
The empire of night by Robert Olen Butler( Book )

9 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 710 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"[I]t is 1917, and the United States is wavering on the brink of war. Kit [Christopher Marlowe Cobb] is now a full-blown spy in England, working undercover in a castle on the Kentish coast owned by a suspected British government mole named Sir Albert Stockman. And Kit again has a female spy to deal with--his own mother, the beautiful and mercurial Isabel Cobb, who also happens to be one of the world's most famous stage actresses. Starring in a touring production of Hamlet, Isabel's offstage role is to seduce the supposed mole, while Kit, also undercover, is working to figure out Stockman's secret agenda. The situation is further complicated when Isabel finds herself falling in love with the villainous Stockman. As Kit follows his mother and her escort from the relative safety of Britain into the lion's den of Berlin, he must stay undercover, even under the very nose of the Kaiser" --
Severance : stories by Robert Olen Butler( Book )

9 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and French and held by 654 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pulitzer-winning Butler presents 62 stories, each exactly 240 words long, capturing the flow of thoughts and feelings that go through a person's mind after their head has been severed. The characters are both real and imagined, including Medusa and Anne Boleyn
The alleys of Eden by Robert Olen Butler( Book )

15 editions published between 1981 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 646 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Few writers have delved into the psychological lives of Vietnam vets as Butler has. This novel tests the love between an American deserter in Vietnam and a Vietnamese woman, who are bonded by the extremities of the war. When the couple try to start over in America, they are faced with a different set of challenges. --Customer at Amazon.com
On distant ground : a novel by Robert Olen Butler( Book )

9 editions published between 1984 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 602 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Intercourse : stories by Robert Olen Butler( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of short fiction by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author offers a revealing look at what goes through a person's mind during sex as he captures the innermost thoughts of such couples as Bonnie and Clyde, Adam and Eve, and Richard Milhous Nixon and Pat Nixon
Countrymen of bones by Robert Olen Butler( Book )

6 editions published between 1983 and 1998 in English and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wabash : a novel by Robert Olen Butler( Book )

6 editions published between 1987 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The deuce : a novel by Robert Olen Butler( Book )

6 editions published between 1989 and 1994 in English and held by 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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A good scent from a strange mountain : stories
Alternative Names
Olen Butler, Robert 1945-

Robert Olen Butler US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller und Hochschullehrer

Robertus Olen Butler

رابرت اولن باتلر نویسنده آمریکایی

バトラー, ロバート・O

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The deep green sea : a novelThey whisper : a novelA small hotelFair warning : a novelHellHad a good time : stories from American postcardsMr. Spaceman : a novelTabloid dreams : stories