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Johnson, Denis 1949-

Overview
Works: 155 works in 574 publications in 5 languages and 19,132 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Short stories  Political fiction  Biography  Drama  Film adaptations  History  Pictorial works  Suspense fiction 
Roles: Bibliographic antecedent, Director, Scenarist, Creator, Lyricist, Commentator, Interviewee, Composer, Film editor
Classifications: PS3560.O3745, 813.54
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Publications about Denis Johnson
Publications by Denis Johnson
Most widely held works by Denis Johnson
Tree of smoke by Denis Johnson( Book )
39 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,503 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
Nobody move by Denis Johnson( Book )
27 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,789 libraries worldwide
In Bakersfield, California, an assortment of unscrupulous characters engages in a cat-and-mouse game over a multimillion-dollar claim
Train dreams by Denis Johnson( Book )
22 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and Italian and held by 1,739 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
Jesus' son : stories by Denis Johnson( Book )
43 editions published between 1992 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,282 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 name of the world by Denis Johnson( Book )
10 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and held by 1,043 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 )
27 editions published between 1985 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 972 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 )
19 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 876 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
Angels by Denis Johnson( Book )
24 editions published between 1983 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 866 libraries worldwide
Jamie and Bill, both born losers, meet on a Greyhound bus, and team up because they have nowhere else to go. They visit the bars, bus stations, mental wards and prisons of the legions of the lost, as we watch Jamie and BIll on their inevitable downward spiral through rape, drink, drugs and crime to madness and death
Resuscitation of a hanged man by Denis Johnson( Book )
18 editions published between 1990 and 2012 in English and held by 737 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 achievement.es hard-boiled theology and a redeeming wit--the perfect spiritual tonics for tough times".--Kirkus Reviews
Tree of smoke by Denis Johnson( Sound Recording )
11 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 715 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 )
12 editions published between 1986 and 2003 in English and French and held by 566 libraries worldwide
Roman noir inspiré par les multiple séjours de D. Johnson en tant que journaliste en Afrique et en Amérique centrale
Nobody move by Denis Johnson( Sound Recording )
8 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 542 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 463 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
Train dreams a novella by Denis Johnson( file )
4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 458 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 throne of the third heaven of the nations millennium general assembly : poems, collected and new by Denis Johnson( Book )
9 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 295 libraries worldwide
Shoppers : two plays by Denis Johnson( Book )
5 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and held by 264 libraries worldwide
These two works present a dramatized field guide to some of the more dysfunctional and dysphoric inhabitants of the American West: a sexual-misconduct investigator who misconducts herself sexually; a renegade Jehovah's Witness who supports his splinter Jehovean group by dealing drugs; the Cassandra brothers, their father, and their grandmother, thrown together at a family reunion/wedding/melee at their shabby homestead in Ukiah, California
Jesus' son by Denis Johnson( Sound Recording )
5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 248 libraries worldwide
Denis Johnson's now classic story collection chronicles a wild netherworld of addicts and lost souls, a violent and disordered landscape that encompasses every extreme of American culture. These are stories of transcendence and spiraling grief, of hallucinations and glories, of getting lost and found and lost again. The insights and careening energy in Jesus' Son have earned the book a place of its own among the classics of twentieth-century American literature
The veil : poems by Denis Johnson( Book )
3 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 237 libraries worldwide
Traces of Eden : travels in the desert Southwest by Mark Klett( Book )
2 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 225 libraries worldwide
Soul of a whore ; and, Purvis : two plays in verse by Denis Johnson( Book )
2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 143 libraries worldwide
"In his poetry, short stories, novels, and plays, the National Book Award-winning author Denis Johnson has explored the story of America--especially of the West, land of self-made men and self-perpetuating myths--with searing honesty and genuine sympathy. These two plays, written in verse at once hypnotic and clear, confirm his position as one of our great verbal stylists and a literary conscience for our times. In Soul of a Whore, a lively cast of characters--faith healers, pimps, strippers, actual demons--converge, with unexpected hilarity, as Bess Cassandra awaits execution for the murder of her infant daughter. Purvis's seven reverse-chronological scenes catalog the fall and rise of Melvin Purvis, the G-man who brought down John Dillinger and Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd. Johnson takes us from Washington's back rooms to a Midwestern cornfield, dramatizing the seductive allure of power and our own human capacity for both pettiness and grace. In these furiously entertaining, occasionally terrifying works, Johnson chronicles and questions America's myths, heroes, and everyday realities with verve and elegance, revealing himself once again to be at the height of his linguistic and insightful powers."--Publisher's website
 
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Alternative Names
Johnson, Denis
Johnson, Denis Hale
ジョンソン, デニス
Languages
English (318)
Italian (5)
German (2)
French (1)
Portuguese (1)
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