Robert Stone - Author

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ROBERT STONE is one of the most eminent American novelists of his generation. He won the National Book Award in 1975 for his novel Dog Soldiers, and was twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Death of the Black-Haired Girl is his eighth novel.

Featured books by Robert Stone

Death of the Black Haired Girl

Death of the Black Haired Girl

Author: Robert Stone Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/07/2014

In an elite New England college, Professor Steven Brookman embarks upon a careless affair with a brilliant but reckless student, Maud Stack. She is a young woman whose passions are not easily contained or curtailed, and is known as something of a firebrand on campus. As the stakes of their relationship prove higher than either one could have anticipated, their union seems destined to yield tragic and far-reaching consequences.

Other books by Robert Stone

A Hall of Mirrors

A Hall of Mirrors

Author: Robert Stone Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/07/2018

Rheinhardt, a disc jockey and failed musician, rolls into New Orleans in the aftermath of Mardi Gras looking for work and another chance in life. What he finds is a woman named Geraldine who is physically and psychically damaged by the men in her past, and a job that involves him with a right-wing political movement. Sparked by the group's `Patriotic Revival', the city erupts into a riot of madness, destruction and death that is a test of all Rheinhardt's fast-talking survival skills. Peopled with civil-rights activists, fanatic Christians, corrupt politicians and demented Hollywood stars, A Hall of Mirrors vividly depicts the dark side of America that erupted in the 1960s. `Stone writes like a bird, like an angel, like a circus barker, like a con man, like someone so high on pot that he is scraping his shoes on the stars' Wallace Stegner `Stone is perhaps America's most powerful chronicler of post-Vietnam angst, a part-time college professor whose novels are an apocalyptic mix of adventure, politics, religion, violence and death . . . Stone writes fiction full of lurid hangovers from Vietnam and yet manages to give it an urgency which is completely contemporary' Time Out

Personal Investments

Personal Investments

Author: Robert Stone Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/04/2017

Outerbridge Reach

Outerbridge Reach

Author: Robert Stone Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2015

`A tough, elegant, alarming novel. Stone writes superbly about the sea, about fear and loneliness, about life in extremis . . . In Outerbridge Reach, he has produced what I believe will come to be recognized as a quintessential novel of the Reagan era, along with Updike's Rabbit at Rest and Don DeLillo's Mao II ' John Banville, Guardian `Stone has already written two of the best novels of the past twenty years, Dog Soldiers and A Flag for Sunrise. Outerbridge Reach makes it three . . . He is a great storyteller, whose plots move as relentlessly as those of the best thrillers, yet his prose is elegant and full of literary allusions' A. Alvarez, Sunday Times `Stone's fifth and finest novel is about going to sea and the difficulty of trying to find a way back again . . . if one half of Stone's characters live their secret, interior lives apart from society, then the other half are desperately looking for their own ways out: drugs, murder, revolution, betrayal, infidelity . . . and, in the case of Owen Browne in Outerbridge Reach, sailing off the map of the world and mind altogether' Scot Bradfield, Independent `Its themes are contemporary and touched with cruelty . . . The toughness of Stone's novels has been readily accepted as on the surface; but there's an inner toughness of judgement that, when one stubs one's toe on it, is even more impressive' Robert M. Adams, New York Review of Books

Children of Light

Children of Light

Author: Robert Stone Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2015

Gerald Walker is an actor, lover, sufferer, a man unable to commit himself to either failure or success. For him life is a matter of inner resources - a matter of getting through the day. Sex helps; alcohol helps; drugs help. But now, abandoned by his wife and feeling as though he may die quite soon, Gordon needs something more. A dream. And following the dream he decides on is love - love in the shape of Lu Anne. Following her to Mexico where she is filming a movie he he's scripted, it doesn't matter to Gordon that Lu Anne to is fighting for survival, clinging to sanity, and that Gordon may be the one thing she needs to push her over the edge. `A fine, complex, often funny tale, full of lights and shadows, with great dialogue and a sharp sense of character and place' New York Times Book Review

Dog Soldiers

Dog Soldiers

Author: Robert Stone Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2015

In Saigon during the last stages of the Vietnam War, a small-time journalist named John Converse thinks he'll find action - and profit - by getting involved in a big-time drug deal. But back in the States, things go horribly wrong. His courier disappears, probably with his wife, and a corrupt Fed wants Converse to find him the drugs, or else. Dog Soldiers is a frightening, powerful, intense novel that perfectly captures the underground mood of the United States in the 1970s, when amateur drug dealers and hippies encountered the violent world of cops on the make and professional killers. `In this painfully funny and bitterly pungent book, [Stone] picks up Vietnam - not the place, but the meaning two decades have given it - and dumps it smack in America's teeming lap; a feat which must place him . . . among the leading writers of his generation' Sunday Time s `Can be read as a Conrad-like moral fable about Vietnam's legacy of corruption to America, or simply as a Ross MacDonald-style thriller. Either way, it is exceptionally powerful' A. Alvarez `Robert Stone is that rare thing, a novelist who goes straight to the heart of the modern inferno' John Banville

Chasing Black Gold The Incredible True Story of a Fuel Smuggler in Africa

Chasing Black Gold The Incredible True Story of a Fuel Smuggler in Africa

Author: Robert Stone Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2015

For two decades Robert Stone made his living on the high seas. A modern-day pirate, he was a pioneer saturation oil-field diver, treasure hunter and smuggler, which brought him more money than he knew how to spend. Stone spent the last ten of his smuggling years in Africa, where he traded in illicit fuel. The murky waters of the Niger delta were his place of business as he operated in the most corrupt regime in the world, a place ruled by money and guns. Protected by the military he sold his black cargo to legitimate businesses all over the world, making millions of dollars in the process. Chasing Black Gold is a tale straight out of Hollywood, one which throws the reader into a world where suitcases full of millions in cash are flown around the globe on private jets, where the corrupt practices of Third World governments and military regimes must be mastered and a world of numbered bank accounts and countries of convenience, where living under false IDs and money laundering are all in a day's work.

Death of the Black Haired Girl

Death of the Black Haired Girl

Author: Robert Stone Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/07/2014

In an elite New England college, Professor Steven Brookman embarks upon a careless affair with a brilliant but reckless student, Maud Stack. She is a young woman whose passions are not easily contained or curtailed, and is known as something of a firebrand on campus. As the stakes of their relationship prove higher than either one could have anticipated, their union seems destined to yield tragic and far-reaching consequences.

A Flag for Sunrise

A Flag for Sunrise

Author: Robert Stone Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/03/2014

A Flag for Sunrise is a novel of Americans drawn into the maelstrom of Tecan, a small Central American country on the brink of revolution. At a mission on the coast a priest is lapsing into alcoholic mysticism, while a young American nun is veering towards commitment to the cause. In a bar in Brooklyn, Frank Holliwell is lunching with an old CIA friend who is begging for a favour. On the Tex-Mex border, Pablo, a Coast Guard deserter, loco on speed, is about to take a job carrying mysterious contraband to Tecan. As these lives converge, as this small, crowded world erupts, the novel builds to an electrifying climax.

Outerbridge Reach

Outerbridge Reach

Author: Robert Stone Format: eBook Release Date: 28/02/2014

In this towering story about a man pitting himself against the sea, against society, and against himself, Robert Stone again demonstrates that he is "e;one of the most impressive novelists of his generation"e; (New York Review of Books). Inviting comparison with the great sea novels of Conrad, Melville, and Hemingway, Outerbridge Reach is also the portrait of two men and the powerful, unforgettable woman they both love - and for whom they are both ready, in their very different ways, to stake everything. As the San Francisco Chronicle said, "e;Robert Stone asks questions of our time few writers could imagine and answers them in narratives few readers will ever quite forget."e;

Damascus Gate

Damascus Gate

Author: Robert Stone Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/02/2014

`At once religious discussion, love story, mystery, delivered with the verve of an airport thriller . . . The central character of this book is Jerusalem; the book reeks of its myriad mythologies and beliefs . . . Damascus Gate is an amazing read . . . a rare and remarkable feast of writing' Scotland on Sunday `The heir of Conrad, Hemingway and, crucially, Graham Greene, Stone is at his best when his characters are in extremis . . . the scenes of violent confrontation could not have been rendered more powerfully by any other writer . . . formidable' Sunday Telegraph `A book that is not afraid to take on the big themes like faith, faction, spirituality, tribalism, identity and injustice . . . It is also an extraordinary treatment of Jerusalem itself . . . With Stone, it has found the kind of imaginative interpreter that every city waits for' Sunday Times `Writing this good should be engraved on tablets of stone in letters of fire and blood. Fantastic' Uncut `Stone has a journalist's eye for detail, but a novelist's eye for irony . . . Damascus Gate is rich with theme and atmosphere . . . few writers could even attempt to capture, as Stone does, both the intense, combative spirituality of Jerusalem and the festering menace of Gaza' Esquire

Death of the Black-Haired Girl

Death of the Black-Haired Girl

Author: Robert Stone Format: eBook Release Date: 12/11/2013

Robert Stone is a vastly intelligent and entertaining writer, a divinely troubled holy terror ever in pursuit of an absconded God and His purported love. Stones superb work with its gallery of remarkable characters is further enhanced here by his repellently smug professor, Steve Brookman, and the black-haired girls hopelessly grieving father, Eddie Stack. Joy WilliamsIn an elite college in a once-decaying New England city, Steven Brookman has come to a decision. A brilliant but careless professor, he has determined that for the sake of his marriage, and his soul, he must extract himself from his relationship with Maud Stack, his electrifying student, whose papers are always late and too long yet always incandescent. But Maud is a young woman whose passions are not easily contained or curtailed, and their union will quickly yield tragic and far-reaching consequences.As in Robert Stones most acclaimed novels, here he conjures a complex moral universe where nothing is black and white, even if the charactersalways complicated, always compellingwish it were. The stakes of Brookman and Mauds relationship prove higher than either one could have anticipated, pitting individuals against one another and against the institutions meant to protect them.Death of the Black-Haired Girl is a powerful tale of infidelity, accountability, the allure of youth, the promise of absolution, and the notion that madness is everywhere, in plain sight.

Bay of Souls

Bay of Souls

Author: Robert Stone Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2013

Michael Ahearn, a professor at a rural college, sheds his comfortable assumptions when he becomes obsessed with a new faculty member from the Caribbean, Lara Purcell. An expert in Third World politics, Lara is seductive, dangerous - and in thrall, she claims, to a voodoo spirit who has possession of her soul. Impassioned and determined, Michael pursues Lara in her native island of St. Trinity, heedless of the political upheaval there. Together they desperately attempt to reclaim all that Lara has lost. Yet island intrigue ensnares them. Lara sacrifices herself to ritual and superstition. Michael is caught unawares in a high-stakes smuggling scheme. In his feverish state of mind, the world becomes an ever-shifting phantasmagoria. He is, himself, possessed.

Julio Medem

Julio Medem

Author: Robert Stone Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2012

This thorough account of the life and films of the Spanish-Basque filmmaker Julio Medem is the first book in English on the internationally renowned writer-director of Vacas, La ardilla roja (Red Squirrel), Tierra, Los amantes del Circulo Polar (Lovers of the Arctic Circle), Lucia y el sexo (Sex and Lucia), La pelota vasca: la piel contra la piedra (Basque Ball) and Caotica Ana (Chaotic Ana), Initial chapters explore Medem's childhood, adolescence and education and examine his earliest short films and critical writings against a background of a dramatically changing Spain. Later chapters provide accounts of the genesis, production and release of Medem's challenging and sensual films, which feed into complex but lucid analyses of their meanings, both political and personal, in which Stone draws on traditions and innovations in Basque art, Spanish cinema and European philosophy to create a complete and provocative portrait of Medem and his work. -- .

Atlas of Skeletal Muscles

Atlas of Skeletal Muscles

Author: Robert Stone, Judith Stone Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/2011

The 7th edition includes changes reflecting modern understanding, terminology and teaching of the musculoskeletal system. There are changes on 42 different pages including many new or enhanced notes on function and 20 new descriptions or explanations of anatomical relationships. All muscle illustrations are new.

Atlas of Skeletal Muscles

Atlas of Skeletal Muscles

Author: Robert Stone, Judith Stone Format: Spiral bound Release Date: 24/01/2011

The 7th edition includes changes reflecting modern understanding, terminology and teaching of the musculoskeletal system. There are changes on 42 different pages including many new or enhanced notes on function and 20 new descriptions or explanations of anatomical relationships. All muscle illustrations are new.

Sacred Steel Inside an African American Steel Guitar Tradition

Sacred Steel Inside an African American Steel Guitar Tradition

Author: Robert Stone Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/08/2010

In this book, Robert L. Stone follows the sound of steel guitar into the music-driven Pentecostal worship of two related churches: the House of God and the Church of the Living God. A rare outsider who has gained the trust of members and musicians inside the church, Stone uses nearly two decades of research, interviews, and fieldwork to tell the story of a vibrant musical tradition that straddles sacred and secular contexts. Most often identified with country and western bands, steel guitar is almost unheard of in African American churches--except for the House of God and the Church of the Living God, where it has been part of worship since the 1930s. Sacred Steel traces the tradition through four generations of musicians and in some two hundred churches extending across the country from Florida to California, Michigan to Alabama. Presenting detailed portraits of musical pioneers such as brothers Troman and Willie Eason and contemporary masters such as Chuck Campbell, Glenn Lee, and Robert Randolph, Stone expertly outlines the fundamental tensions between sacred steel musicians and church hierarchy. In this thorough analysis of the tradition, Stone explores the function of the music in church meetings and its effect on the congregations. He also examines recent developments such as the growing number of female performers, the commercial appeal of the music, and younger musicians' controversial move of the music from the church to secular contexts.

Sacred Steel Inside an African American Steel Guitar Tradition

Sacred Steel Inside an African American Steel Guitar Tradition

Author: Robert Stone Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/08/2010

In this book, Robert L. Stone follows the sound of steel guitar into the music-driven Pentecostal worship of two related churches: the House of God and the Church of the Living God. A rare outsider who has gained the trust of members and musicians inside the church, Stone uses nearly two decades of research, interviews, and fieldwork to tell the story of a vibrant musical tradition that straddles sacred and secular contexts. Most often identified with country and western bands, steel guitar is almost unheard of in African American churches--except for the House of God and the Church of the Living God, where it has been part of worship since the 1930s. Sacred Steel traces the tradition through four generations of musicians and in some two hundred churches extending across the country from Florida to California, Michigan to Alabama. Presenting detailed portraits of musical pioneers such as brothers Troman and Willie Eason and contemporary masters such as Chuck Campbell, Glenn Lee, and Robert Randolph, Stone expertly outlines the fundamental tensions between sacred steel musicians and church hierarchy. In this thorough analysis of the tradition, Stone explores the function of the music in church meetings and its effect on the congregations. He also examines recent developments such as the growing number of female performers, the commercial appeal of the music, and younger musicians' controversial move of the music from the church to secular contexts.

Flag for Sunrise

Flag for Sunrise

Author: Robert Stone Format: eBook Release Date: 08/07/2008

A Flag for Sunrise is a novel of Americans drawn into the maelstrom of Tecan, a small Central American country on the brink of revolution. At a mission on the coast a priest is lapsing into alcoholic mysticism, while a young American nun is veering towards commitment to the cause. In a bar in Brooklyn, Frank Holliwell is lunching with an old CIA friend who is begging for a favor. On the Tex-Mex border, Pablo, a Coast Guard deserter, loco on speed, is about to take a job carrying mysterious contraband to Tecan. As these lives converge, as this small, crowded world erupts, the novel builds to an electrifying climax.

Dog Soldiers

Dog Soldiers

Author: Robert Stone Format: eBook Release Date: 15/04/2008

In Saigon during the waning days of the Vietnam War, a small-time journalist named John Converse thinks he'll find action-and profit-by getting involved in a big-time drug deal. But back in the States, things go horribly wrong for him. His courier disappears-probably with his wife-and a corrupt Fed wants Converse to find them and the drugs. Or else.Dog Soldiers is a frightening, powerful, intense novel that perfectly captures the underground mood of America in the 1970s, when amateur drug dealers and hippies encountered profiteering cops and professional killers. Stone details an American drama of greed and violence in a world where life is cheap and the price of survival dangerously high.

Julio Medem

Julio Medem

Author: Robert Stone Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/03/2007

This thorough account of the life and films of the Spanish-Basque filmmaker Julio Medem is the first book in English on the internationally renowned writer-director of Vacas, La ardilla roja (Red Squirrel), Tierra, Los amantes del Circulo Polar (Lovers of the Arctic Circle), Lucia y el sexo (Sex and Lucia), La pelota vasca: la piel contra la piedra (Basque Ball) and Caotica Ana (Chaotic Ana), Initial chapters explore Medem's childhood, adolescence and education and examine his earliest short films and critical writings against a background of a dramatically changing Spain. Later chapters provide accounts of the genesis, production and release of Medem's challenging and sensual films, which feed into complex but lucid analyses of their meanings, both political and personal, in which Stone draws on traditions and innovations in Basque art, Spanish cinema and European philosophy to create a complete and provocative portrait of Medem and his work. -- .

The Lord's Prayer Vocal score

The Lord's Prayer Vocal score

Author: Robert Stone Format: Sheet music Release Date: 20/09/1973

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