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Butler, Robert Olen

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Works: 108 works in 351 publications in 7 languages and 20,642 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Domestic fiction  Love stories  Psychological fiction  Detective and mystery stories  Short stories 
Roles: Author, Signer
Classifications: PS3552.U8278, 813.54
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A good scent from a strange mountain : stories by Robert Olen Butler( Book )
35 editions published between 1992 and 2006 in English and French and held by 2,631 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 )
18 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,378 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 )
21 editions published between 1993 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 1,294 libraries worldwide
The result is a compelling, profound, and timely examination of human sexuality and, not incidentally, one of the most rapturously erotic books of our time
A small hotel by Robert Olen Butler( Book )
8 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,242 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 1,054 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 1,029 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
Mr. Spaceman : a novel by Robert Olen Butler( Book )
9 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and French and held by 976 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
Had a good time : stories from American postcards by Robert Olen Butler( Book )
7 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 972 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."
The hot country by Robert Olen Butler( Book )
15 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 970 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
Tabloid dreams : stories by Robert Olen Butler( Book )
17 editions published between 1996 and 2005 in English and French and held by 892 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 867 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."--From publisher's website
The Star of Istanbul by Robert Olen Butler( Book )
7 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 816 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
Severance : stories by Robert Olen Butler( Book )
6 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 655 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 )
14 editions published between 1981 and 2002 in English and Dutch and held by 643 libraries worldwide
Een Amerikaanse deserteur en zijn Vietnamese vriendin trachten uit Saigon naar de V.S. te ontsnappen, voor de stad door de Noord-Vietnamezen wordt ingenomen
On distant ground : a novel by Robert Olen Butler( Book )
9 editions published between 1984 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 611 libraries worldwide
The empire of night by Robert Olen Butler( Book )
5 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 585 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" --
Intercourse : stories by Robert Olen Butler( Book )
4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 546 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 522 libraries worldwide
Wabash : a novel by Robert Olen Butler( Book )
6 editions published between 1987 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 504 libraries worldwide
The deuce : a novel by Robert Olen Butler( Book )
6 editions published between 1989 and 1994 in English and held by 409 libraries worldwide
 
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Olen Butler, Robert 1945-
バトラー, ロバート・O
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