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Denis Johnson - Author

About the Author

Denis Johnson is the author of eight novels, one novella, one book of short stories, three collections of poetry, two collections of plays and one book of reportage. His novel Tree of Smoke won the 2007 National Book Award. His latest novel, The Laughing Monsters, is published by Harvill Secker in 2015.

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The Laughing Monsters

The Laughing Monsters

Author: Denis Johnson Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/02/2015

In this land of chaos and despair, all I can do is wish for magic armour and the power to disappear. Freetown, Sierra Leone. A city of heat and dirt, of guns and militia. Alone in its crowded streets, Captain Roland Nair has been given a single assignment. He must find Michael Adriko - maverick, warrior, and the man who has saved Nair's life three times and risked it many more. The two men have schemed, fought and profited together in the most hostile regions of the world. But on this new level - espionage, state secrets, treason - their loyalties will be tested to the limit. This is a brutal journey through a land abandoned by the future - a journey that will lead them to meet themselves not in a new light, but in a new darkness.

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Other books by Denis Johnson

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden

Author: Denis Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2019

**A NEW YORK TIMES CRITICS' TOP BOOK OF 2018** The Largesse of the Sea Maiden is the long-awaited new story collection from Denis Johnson, author of the groundbreaking, highly acclaimed Jesus' Son. Written in the same luminous prose, this collection finds Johnson in new territory, contemplating mortality, the ghosts of the past, and the elusive and unexpected ways the mysteries of the universe assert themselves. Finished shortly before Johnson's death, this collection is the last word from a writer whose work will live on for many years to come.

Die Grozugigkeit der Meerjungfrau

Die Grozugigkeit der Meerjungfrau

Author: Denis Johnson Format: eBook Release Date: 15/05/2018

Einer der groten Stilisten Amerikas ist tot. Denis Johnson, beruhmt geworden durch seinen Erzahlungsband "e;Jesus' Sohn"e; (1992) und den mit dem National Book Award ausgezeichneten Vietnamkriegsroman "e;Ein gerader Rauch"e; (2007), hinterlasst ein letztes fulminantes Buch - funf langere Geschichten aus dem Hier und Jetzt, Kurzromane fast, tiefsinnig, bewegend und durchdrungen von der Weisheit eines Menschen, der am Ende seines Lebens steht. Mitte sechzig sind sie, die Erzahler, und immer schauen sie zuruck, auf Ehen, Begegnungen, auerordentliche Begebenheiten, hullen sich in das fadenscheinige Flickwerk von Erinnerungen, die vor allem eines signalisieren: Alter, Sterblichkeit und Tod. Dabei ist es so lebendig und ungeheuer reich, was jeder von ihnen zu erzahlen hat! Die Geister der Vergangenheit, ja die so schwer fassbaren und immer wieder uberraschenden Wege, die die Mysterien des Universums einschlagen, um von uns Menschen wahrgenommen zu werden - all das ist zart und beruhrend beschrieben, unerhort, phantastisch, einfach gro.

Schon tot

Schon tot

Author: Denis Johnson Format: eBook Release Date: 15/05/2018

Sommer 1990: Mendocino heit die einsame nordkalifornische Kustenregion, wo die Aussteiger, Schamanen und Paranoiker siedeln. Obwohl seit Wochen kein Regen gefallen ist, halt sich dichter Nebel uber den steilen Kliffs und in den Marchenwaldern der Redwoods. In dieser Einode taucht der Exmatrose Van Ness auf, der einen Platz sucht, um seinem ziellosen Dasein ein Ende zu setzen. Doch ein Drogenfarmer fischt den Lebensmuden aus der See und schlagt ihm einen Deal vor: Van Ness raumt seine Frau aus dem Weg; als Lohn winken 10000 Dollar und der elektrische Stuhl. Aber der "e;schon Tote"e; durchkreuzt diesen Plan.

Largesse of the Sea Maiden

Largesse of the Sea Maiden

Author: Denis Johnson Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2018

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson, read by Nick Offerman, Michael Shannon, Dermot Mulroney, Will Patton, and Liev Schreiber.The Largesse of the Sea Maiden is the long-awaited new story collection from Denis Johnson, author of the groundbreaking, highly acclaimed Jesus' Son. Written in the same luminous prose, this collection finds Johnson in new territory, contemplating mortality, the ghosts of the past, and the elusive and unexpected ways the mysteries of the universe assert themselves. Finished shortly before Johnson's death, this collection is the last word from a writer whose work will live on for many years to come.

Largesse of the Sea Maiden

Largesse of the Sea Maiden

Author: Denis Johnson Format: eBook Release Date: 16/01/2018

Twenty-five years after Jesus' Son, a haunting new collection of short stories on mortality and transcendence, from National Book Award winner and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Denis Johnson The Largesse of the Sea Maiden is the long-awaited new story collection from Denis Johnson. Written in the luminous prose that made him one of the most beloved and important writers of his generation, this collection finds Johnson in new territory, contemplating the ghosts of the past and the elusive and unexpected ways the mysteries of the universe assert themselves. Finished shortly before Johnson's death, this collection is the last word from a writer whose work will live on for many years to come.Audiobook Table of Contents:';The Largesse of the Sea Maiden,' read by Nick Offerman ';The Starlight on Idaho,' read by Michael Shannon ';Strangler Bob,' read by Dermot Mulroney ';Triumph Over the Grave,' read by Will Patton ';Doppelgnger, Poltergeist' read by Liev SchreiberAdvance praise for The Largesse of the Sea Maiden';Mesmerizing . . . psychologically revelatory, spiritually inquisitive, and grimly funny stories . . . Johnson will be remembered and revered as an incisive storyteller fluent in the comedy and tragedy of human confusion and the transcendence of compassion.'Booklist (starred review)';American literature suffered a serious loss with Johnson's death. These final stories underscore what we'll miss. . . . Johnson is best known for his writing about hard-luck casesalcoholics, thieves, world-weary soldiers. But this final collection ranges up and down the class ladder; for Johnson, a sense of mortality and a struggle to make sense of our lives knew no demographic boundaries.'Kirkus Reviews (starred review)';An instant classic . . . A masterpiece of deep humanity and astonishing prose . . . It's filled with Johnson's unparalleled ability to inject humor, profundity, and beautyoften all threeinto the dark and the mundane alike. These characters have been pushed toward the edge; through their searches for meaning or clawing just to hold on to life, Johnson is able to articulate what it means to be alive, and to have hope.'Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Funf Hinrichtungen und ein Barbecue

Funf Hinrichtungen und ein Barbecue

Author: Denis Johnson Format: eBook Release Date: 17/02/2017

Nach acht Romanen und der legendaren Story-Sammlung "e;Jesus' Sohn"e; gilt Denis Johnson als einer der wichtigsten Autoren der amerikanischen Gegenwartsliteratur. Fur sein Vietnamkriegsepos "e;Ein gerader Rauch"e; wurde ihm 2007 der National Book Award verliehen. Seine Reportage "e;Fnf Hinrichtungen und ein Barbecue"e; ist ein Blick in den Abgrund des amerikanischen Justizsystems. Fr den "e;Rolling Stone"e; reiste Denis Johnson im Jahr 2000 nach Texas, um fnf Hinrichtungen zu begleiten, um Gesprche zu fhren mit den Verurteilten, Beteiligten, Verwandten. Und auch mit Vertretern der texanischen Justizbehrde, insbesondere dem Chief Public Information Officer der Strafvollzugsabteilung, Larry Fitzgerald, der seine Recherchen verlsslich behindert, weil er keine kritische Berichterstattung zulassen will. Das Gefngnis und sein Todestrakt liegen aber mitten in der Stadt. Hier werden Menschen quasi vom Staat umgebracht, dort geht das Leben normal weiter, unter anderem bei dem titelgebenden Barbecue, auf dem auch besagter Larry Fitzgerald anwesend ist, der lustig Grillfleisch und Krebse vertilgt und dabei seine Lgengeschichten erzhlt ... Denis Johnson schreibt in dem klaren Bewusstsein, dass es sich bei den Todeskandidaten um Mrder oder Gewaltverbrecher handelt, die harte Strafen verdient haben, aber auch als eindeutiger Gegner der Todesstrafe. Gemeinsam mit einer Handvoll Protestierenden harrt er vor den gelben Absperrbndern aus, bis nach sieben Tagen im Mai 2000 William Joseph Kitchens, Michael McBride, James Richardson, Richard Foster und James Clayton im Walls Unit von Huntsville durch Pancurioniumbromid und Kaliumchlorid den Tod gefunden haben. "e;Fnf Hinrichtungen und ein Barbecue"e; ist eine atemberaubende Reportage, ein vielschichtiges Portrt menschlicher Verstrickungen, ein genauso kunstvolles wie leidenschaftliches Pldoyer gegen den Missbrauch menschlicher Macht.

Die lachenden Ungeheuer

Die lachenden Ungeheuer

Author: Denis Johnson Format: eBook Release Date: 20/01/2017

Denis Johnson, dieser groe amerikanische Autor, uber den Jonathan Franzen schrieb, dass der Gott, an den er glauben mochte, eine Stimme und einen Humor wie Denis Johnson habe, erzahlt in seinem neuen Roman uber Freundschaft in einer Welt, die auseinanderbricht. Roland Nair gibt sich als Dne aus, ist aber mit einem amerikanischen Pass unterwegs. Als er in Freetown, der Hauptstadt von Sierra Leone, aus dem Flugzeug steigt, schlgt ihm die Hitze Afrikas entgegen. Zehn Jahre war er nicht mehr da, aber jetzt ist er gekommen, um seinen Freund Michael Adriko wiederzusehen, einen Abenteurer, mit dem zusammen er whrend des Brgerkriegs eine Menge Geld verdiente. Obwohl Nair die Region fr hoffnungslos hlt, will er das Glck ein zweites Mal herausfordern. Zu seiner berraschung kommt der Freund zu ihrem Treffen nicht allein. Er hat eine junge Frau mitgebracht, Davidia St. Claire, eine schwarze Collegestudentin aus Colorado. Die beiden wollen heiraten, und zwar im Kreis von Adrikos Sippe, und Nair soll sie in sein Dorf irgendwo im Grenzland zwischen Uganda und dem Kongo begleiten. Obwohl er den Verdacht hat, dass all das nur ein Vorwand ist, macht er sich mit den beiden auf den Weg. Aber jeder ist jedem ein Rtsel, Interpol, der Mossad und der MI6 sind hinter ihnen her, und die Reise durch ein geheimnisvolles, beklemmendes Afrika fhrt geradewegs ins Herz der Finsternis. In "e;Die lachenden Ungeheuer"e; erzhlt Denis Johnson die atemraubende Geschichte kaleidoskopartig verschwimmender Loyalitten in einer seit 9/11 immer undurchsichtiger, chaotischer und verzweifelter gewordenen Welt. Ein aufwhlender, schneller, dunkler Abenteuer- und Spionageroman in der Tradition von Joseph Conrad und Graham Greene - und ein neuer Beweis fr die Meisterschaft eines der bedeutendsten amerikanischen Schriftsteller unserer Zeit.

The Laughing Monsters

The Laughing Monsters

Author: Denis Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/02/2016

`In this land of chaos and despair, all I can do is wish for magic armour and the power to disappear.' Freetown, Sierra Leone. A city of heat and dirt, of guns and militia. Alone in its crowded streets, Captain Roland Nair has been given a single assignment. He must find Michael Adriko - maverick, warrior, and the man who has saved Nair's life three times and risked it many more. The two men have schemed, fought and profited together in the most hostile regions of the world. But on this new level - espionage, state secrets, treason - their loyalties will be tested to the limit. This is a brutal journey through a land abandoned by the future - a journey that will lead them to meet themselves not in a new light, but in a new darkness.

Laughing Monsters

Laughing Monsters

Author: Denis Johnson Format: eBook Release Date: 04/11/2014

Denis Johnson's New York Times bestseller, The Laughing Monsters, is a high-suspense tale of kaleidoscoping loyalties in the post-9/11 world that shows one of our great novelists at the top of his game.Roland Nair calls himself Scandinavian but travels on a U.S. passport. After ten years' absence, he returns to Freetown, Sierra Leone, to reunite with his friend Michael Adriko. They once made a lot of money here during the country's civil war, and, curious to see whether good luck will strike twice in the same place, Nair has allowed himself to be drawn back to a region he considers hopeless. Adriko is an African who styles himself a soldier of fortune and who claims to have served, at various times, the Ghanaian army, the Kuwaiti Emiri Guard, and the American Green Berets. He's probably broke now, but he remains, at thirty-six, as stirred by his own doubtful schemes as he was a decade ago.Although Nair believes some kind of money-making plan lies at the back of it all, Adriko's stated reason for inviting his friend to Freetown is for Nair to meet Adriko's fiancee, a grad student from Colorado named Davidia. Together the three set out to visit Adriko's clan in the Uganda-Congo borderland-but each of these travelers is keeping secrets from the others. Their journey through a land abandoned by the future leads Nair, Adriko, and Davidia to meet themselves not in a new light, but rather in a new darkness.

Ein gerader Rauch

Ein gerader Rauch

Author: Denis Johnson Format: eBook Release Date: 02/05/2014

Vier Manner und eine Frau verschlagt es in die Katastrophen eines grausamen Dschungelkrieges. Denis Johnson zeichnet ein erschutterndes Portrat ihrer Verzweiflung und ihrer Einsamkeit, der sie zu entkommen suchen. Ein groartiges, bewegendes, sprachgewaltiges Epos uber menschliche Getrieben- und Verlorenheit. Ausgezeichnet mit dem National Book Award 2007. "e;Der Gott, an den ich glauben mchte, hat eine Stimme und einen Humor wie Denis Johnson."e; (Jonathan Franzen)"e;Geistige Wellness hat Johnson nicht zu bieten. Doch groartige, beunruhigende, brisante, wunderbar wste Literatur. Ein grandioser Wurf."e; (Zeit)"e;Das Opus magnum eines der wichtigsten Schriftsteller seiner Generation."e; (Spiegel)"e;Unter Nobelpreisverdacht."e; (Die Weltwoche)"e;Einen wichtigeren, khneren Roman als diesen hat es zwischen Los Angeles und New York lange nicht gegeben."e; (Deutschlandfunk)

Nobody Move

Nobody Move

Author: Denis Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/08/2013

Jimmy Luntz owes money to a man called Juarez. Trouble is, Juarez isn't the most patient of men. And when he gets bored of waiting, he sends someone round to collect. Luntz doesn't actually plan to shoot the guy, but the way he sees it, it's shoot or be shot. Either way, though, Luntz is out of his league, and he knows it: nobody messes with Juarez -- or, at least, nobody messes with Juarez and lives to tell the tale. Against all the odds, however, it seems that somebody up there is looking out for Luntz, if only he can keep his cool. A story of mistaken identity, blackmail and murder, of bent judges, wronged alcoholics and colostomy bags, Nobody Move is No Country for Old Men as written by Denis Johnson. Praise for Denis Johnson's previous novel, Tree of Smoke, which won the US National Book Award 2007: 'A Catch-22 for our times' Alan Warner, Observer 'A heart-stopping reminder of what fiction can do' Sunday Telegraph

Train Dreams

Train Dreams

Author: Denis Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2013

Robert Grainier is a day labourer in the American West at the start of the twentieth century - an ordinary man in extraordinary times. Buffeted by the loss of his family, Grainier struggles to make sense of this strange new world. As his story unfolds, we witness both his shocking personal defeats and the radical changes that transform America in his lifetime. Suffused with the history and landscapes of the American West - its otherworldly flora and fauna, its rugged loggers and bridge-builders - Train Dreams captures the disappearance of a distinctly American way of life.

Jesus' Son

Jesus' Son

Author: Denis Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2012

Jesus' Son is a visionary chronicle of dreamers, addicts, and lost souls. These stories tell of spiralling grief and transcendence, of rock bottom and redemption, of getting lost and found and lost again. The narrator of these interlinked stories is a young, unnamed man, reeling from his addiction to heroin and alcohol, his mind at once clouded and made brilliantly lucid by these drugs. In the course of his adventures, he meets an assortment of people, who seem as alienated and confused as he; sinners, misfits, the lost, the damned, the desperate and the forgotten. Our of their bleak, seemingly random lives, Denis Johnson creates modern-day parables of a harsh and devastating beauty.

Train Dreams

Train Dreams

Author: Denis Johnson Format: eBook Release Date: 30/08/2011

A New York Times Notable Book for 2011 One of The Economist's 2011 Books of the Year One of NPR's 10 Best Novels of 2011 Denis Johnson's Train Dreams is an epic in miniature, one of his most evocative and poignant fictions.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, we witness both his shocking personal defeats and the radical changes that transform America in his lifetime. Suffused with the history and landscapes of the American West-its otherworldly flora and fauna, its rugged loggers and bridge builders-the new novella by the National Book Award-winning author of Tree of Smoke captures the disappearance of a distinctly American way of life.

Train Dreams and Jesus' Son

Train Dreams and Jesus' Son

Author: Denis Johnson Format: eBook Release Date: 30/08/2011

Here are two complete audiobooks by Denis Johnson, narrated by Will Patton. Listen to both Train Dreams, and Jesus' Son, as well as an excerpt from Denis Johnson's National Book Award-winning Tree of Smoke.In Train Dreams Robert Grainer is a day laborer in the American West at the start of the 20th 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, we witness both his shocking personal defeats and the radical changes that transform America in his lifetime. Suffused with the history and landscapes of the American West-its otherworldly flora and fauna, its rugged loggers and bridge builders-this new novella by the National Book Award-winning author of Tree of Smoke captures the disappearance of a distinctly American way of life.Jesus's Son, also adapted for the screen, is a now-classic collection of 10 stories from the author of Resuscitation of a Hanged Man and Angels. The stories are narrated by a young man, a recovering alcoholic and heroin addict, whose dependencies have led him to petty crime, cruelty, betrayal, and various kinds of loss.

Der Name der Welt

Der Name der Welt

Author: Denis Johnson Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2010

Mike Reed, Assistenzprofessor an einer Universitat, lernt auf einer Party eine beschwipste Schonheit kennen: Kunststudentin, rothaarig, in einem blauen Samtkleid. Er nimmt sie kaum wahr. Vier Jahre zuvor hat er Frau und Tochter bei einem Unfall verloren, und noch immer fuhlt er sich im Tunnel seiner Trauer gefangen. Einige Zeit spater kreuzt die Rothaarige als Stripteasetanzerin, Performancekunstlerin und Kirchensangerin erneut seinen Weg . Schritt fur Schritt erkundet er Moglichkeiten der Flucht und des Neuanfangs.

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