Search Results: "Denis Johnson"


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NOBODY MOVE by Denis Johnson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2009

"There's some dirty fun here, but plenty of authors are better at this sort of novel."
After his award-winning Vietnam epic, Johnson takes a busman's holiday with this hard-boiled genre exercise. Read full book review >

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THE NAME OF THE WORLD by Denis Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"A new wrinkle on the overworked contemporary theme of lives lived on the edge, and one of Johnson's most interesting books."
A traumatized widower is painfully and gradually recalled to life in this deceptively simple—and surprisingly absorbing—short novel by the well-known poet and author (Already Dead, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

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RESUSCITATION OF A HANGED MAN by Denis Johnson
Released: Jan. 1, 1991

Poet and novelist Johnson (The Stars at Noon, 1986, etc.) further elaborates his disorienting vision of a cracked world in this unnerving and edgy novel—a very hip sort of postmodern Catholic fiction that keeps you off-balance with all its genre-blending and gender-bending. Read full book review >

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THE LAUGHING MONSTERS by Denis Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Johnson offers no new lessons about how dehumanizing post-9/11 lawlessness can be, but his antihero's story is an intriguing metaphor for it."
And for his next trick, Johnson delivers a taut, Conrad-by-way-of-Chandler tale about a spy who gets too close to the man he's shadowing in Africa. Read full book review >

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ALREADY DEAD by Denis Johnson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Johnson's attempt at a noir epic intermittently excites and teases, but doesn't satisfy."
A kinky jeremiad about drug culture burnout (and fallout), powered by amusingly feverish images of California-as-Armageddon, from the poet and author whose recent fiction includes Jesus' Son (1992) and Resuscitation of a Hanged Man (1991). Read full book review >

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JESUS' SON by Denis Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Blunt and gritty: Johnson's beautifully damned stories sing with divine poetry, all the while bludgeoning us with existential reality."
Johnson (Resuscitation of a Hanged Man, 1991; Fiskadoro, 1985 etc.) brings together eleven down-and-out stories linked by their disagreeable narrator—a lowlife of mythic proportions who abuses drugs, booze, and people with reckless indifference. Read full book review >

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TREE OF SMOKE by Denis Johnson
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"As the novel obliterates all distinctions between good and evil, allies and enemies, loyalty and betrayal, it sustains the suspense of who will survive long enough to have the last word."
Within the current political climate, the reader might expect a new novel about the war in Vietnam to provide a metaphor for Iraq. Read full book review >

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SAMUEL JOHNSON by David Nokes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Rigorous and scholarly, but an introduction rather than an advancement in knowledge."
A swift life of the author of A Dictionary of the English Language (1755), whose corporal and hygienic eccentricities matched in uniqueness the brilliance of his mind. Read full book review >

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PHILIP JOHNSON by Franz Schulze
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 1994

"An expansive view of Johnson's prickly intellect, ambition, and shifting aesthetic core. (125 photos, not seen)"
Spry and readable, this first major Johnson biography delivers the goods on the puckish 87-year-old godfather of American architecture. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 5, 1992

"B&w photos. (Biography. 11-13)"
The fantasy world we build around professional athletes took a serious hit when this NBA superstar announced his HIV infection and retirement. Read full book review >

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ANDREW JOHNSON by Annette Gordon-Reed
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"Gordon-Reed incorporates views by Johnson's other biographers to create a fleshed-out, many-sided portrait."
A fair-minded, toned-down portrait of a deeply problematic president who could not rise to the country's challenge after the Civil War. Read full book review >

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SAMUEL JOHNSON by Peter Martin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"From the ordinary clay of words, Martin sculpts an impressive image of an extraordinary man."
Reliable, readable life of 18th-century England's most celebrated intellectual, lexicographer, poet, critic, biographer, essayist, Tory, travel writer and—perhaps most of all—Personality. Read full book review >