The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: StoriesRandom House - We’re just left with this miraculous book, these perfect stories, the last words from one of the world’s greatest writers. Npr. Hits a powerful vein. The new york times book review “Grace and oblivion are inextricably yoked in these transcendent stories. Johnson’s gift is to extract the beauty in all that brokenness.
The wall street journal “Nobody ever wrote like Denis Johnson. 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. Praise for the largesse of the Sea Maiden “An instant classic. Newsday “Exceptional luminosity. Twenty-five years after jesus’ son, from national book award winner and two-time pulitzer prize finalist denis johnsonnational bestseller • named one of the ten best books of the year by dwight garner, a haunting new collection of short stories on mortality and transcendence, The New York Times • Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s Fresh Air • Chicago Tribune • Newsday • New York • AV Club • Publishers Weekly“Ranks with the best fiction published by any American writer during this short century.
The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories - New york“A posthumous masterpiece. Entertainment weeklynamed one of the best books of the year by the new york times book review • the washington post • npr • the Boston Globe • New York Public Library • Kirkus Reviews • BloombergThe Largesse of the Sea Maiden is the long-awaited new story collection from Denis Johnson.
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Housekeeping: A Novel Picador Modern ClassicsPicador Modern Classics - These pocket-sized titles are stunning. They make the perfect stocking stuffers!" - Metro "Bought together or separately, these fiction titles are ideal stocking stuffers for the literature lover. Usa todaynewly reissued as a picador modern classic, then of two comically bumbling great-aunts, first under the care of their competent grandmother, Lucille, PEN/Hemingway Award-winning first novelHousekeeping is the story of Ruth and her younger sister, who grow up haphazardly, and finally of Sylvie, Marilynne Robinson's brilliant, the eccentric and remote sister of their dead mother.
It is a town "chastened by an outsized landscape and extravagant weather, and chastened again by an awareness that the whole of human history had occurred elsewhere. Ruth and lucille's struggle toward adulthood beautifully illuminates the price of loss and survival, and the dangerous and deep undertow of transience.
Housekeeping: A Novel Picador Modern Classics - For more than twenty years, Picador has been producing beautifully packaged literary fiction and nonfiction books from Manhattan's Flatiron Building. The family house is in the small town of fingerbone on a glacial lake in the Far West, the same lake where their grandfather died in a spectacular train wreck and their mother drove off a cliff to her death.
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Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays Picador Modern ClassicsPicador Modern Classics - Celebrated, iconic, slouching towards Bethlehem, and indispensable, Joan Didion’s first work of nonfiction, is considered a watershed moment in American writing. Beautifully repackaged as part of the Picador Modern Classics Series, this special edition is small enough to fit in your pocket and bold enough to stand out on your bookshelf.
As joyce carol oates remarked: “didion has been an articulate witness to the most stubborn and intractable truths of our time, partly eulogistic, a memorable voice, partly despairing; always in control. ”. First published in 1968, the collection was critically praised as one of the “best prose written in this country.
Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays Picador Modern Classics - More than perhaps any other book, exploring subjects such as john wayne and howard hughes, growing up in California and the nature of good and evil in a Death Valley motel room, especially, and, the essence of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury, this collection by one of the most distinctive prose stylists of our era captures the unique time and place of Joan Didion’s focus, the heart of the counterculture.
The Virgin Suicides: A Novel Picador Modern ClassicsPicador Modern Classics - Adapted into a critically acclaimed film by Sofia Coppola, The Virgin Suicides is a modern classic, a lyrical and timeless tale of sex and suicide that transforms and mythologizes suburban middle-American life. For more than twenty years, Picador has been producing beautifully packaged literary fiction and nonfiction books from Manhattan's Flatiron Building.
In a quiet suburb of detroit, eccentric, the five Lisbon sisters-beautiful, and obsessively watched by the neighborhood boys-commit suicide one by one over the course of a single year. Jeffrey eugenides evokes the emotions of youth with haunting sensitivity and dark humor and creates a coming-of-age story unlike any of our time.
The Virgin Suicides: A Novel Picador Modern Classics - As the boys observe them from afar, disquiet, transfixed, in this hypnotic and unforgettable novel of adolescent love, they piece together the mystery of the family's fatal melancholy, and death. Our twentieth anniversary modern classics line pairs iconic books - the virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides, Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson, Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse, and Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson - with a design that's both small enough to fit in your pocket and unique enough to stand out on your bookshelf.
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Tree of Smoke: A NovelFarrar, Straus and Giroux - This is also the story of the houston brothers, Bill and James, young men who drift out of the Arizona desert into a war in which the line between disinformation and delusion has blurred away. Once upon a time there was a war. And a young american who thought of himself as the quiet american and the Ugly American, and who wished to be neither, who wanted instead to be the Wise American, or the Good American, but who eventually came to witness himself as the Real American and finally as simply the Fucking American.
In its vision of human folly, sympathetic portraits of men and women desperate for an end to their loneliness, and its gritty, whether in sex or death or by the grace of God, this is a story like nothing in our literature. Tree of smoke is denis johnson’s first full-length novel in nine years, beautiful, and his most gripping, and powerful work to date.
Tree of Smoke: A Novel - Tree of smoke is the 2007 National Book Award Winner for Fiction. That’s me. This is the story of skip sands—spy-in-training, engaged in Psychological Operations against the Vietcong—and the disasters that befall him thanks to his famous uncle, a war hero known in intelligence circles simply as the Colonel.
Steppenwolf: A Novel Picador Modern ClassicsPicador Modern Classics - Our twentieth anniversary modern classics line pairs iconic books - the virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides, Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse, Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson, and Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson - with a design that's both small enough to fit in your pocket and unique enough to stand out on your bookshelf.
The tale of the steppenwolf culminates in the surreal Magic Theater-For Madmen Only! Originally published in English in 1929, Steppenwolf's wisdom continues to speak to our souls and marks it as a classic of modern literature. These pocket-sizeD titles are stunning. They make the perfect stocking stuffers!" - Metro"Bought together or separately, these fiction titles are ideal stocking stuffers for the literature lover.
Steppenwolf: A Novel Picador Modern Classics - Usa todaywith its blend of eastern mysticism and Western culture, Hesse's best-known and most autobiographical work is one of literature's most poetic evocations of the soul's journey to liberation. For more than twenty years, Picador has been producing beautifully packaged literary fiction and nonfiction books from Manhattan's Flatiron Building.
Harry haller is a sad and lonely figure, a reclusive intellectual for whom life holds no joy. His life changes dramatically when he meets a woman who is his opposite, the carefree and elusive Hermine. He struggles to reconcile the wild primeval wolf and the rational man within himself without surrendering to the bourgeois values he despises.
Regarding the Pain of Others Picador Modern ClassicsPicador Modern Classics - Considered one of the greatest critics of her generation, reflecting on a question first posed by Virginia Woolf in Three Guineas: How in your opinion are we to prevent war? "For a long time some people believed that if the horror could be made vivid enough, most people would finally take in the outrageousness, Susan Sontag followed up her monumental On Photography with an extended study of human violence, the insanity of war.
One of the distinguishing features of modern life is that it supplies countless opportunities for regarding at a distance, through the medium of photography horrors taking place throughout the world. Beautifully repackaged as part of the Picador Modern Classics Series, this special edition is small enough to fit in your pocket and bold enough to stand out on your bookshelf.
Regarding the Pain of Others Picador Modern Classics - But are viewers inured―or incited―to violence by the depiction of cruelty? is the viewer’s perception of reality eroded by the daily barrage of such images? What does it mean to care about the sufferings of others far away? First published more than twenty years after her now classic book On Photography, which changed how we understand the very condition of being modern, the limits of sympathy, but about how war itself is waged and understood in our time, Regarding the Pain of Others challenges our thinking not only about the uses and means of images, and the obligations of conscience.
Nickel and Dimed: On Not Getting By in America Picador Modern ClassicsPicador Modern Classics - She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that a job―any job―can be the ticket to a better life. You will never see anything―from a motel bathroom to a restaurant meal―in quite the same way again. She lived in trailer parks and crumbling residential motels.
Read it for the smoldering clarity of Ehrenreich’s perspective and for a rare view of how “prosperity” looks from the bottom. In 1998, barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. She also learned that one job is not enough; you need at least two if you in to live indoors. Nickel and dimed reveals low-rent america in all its tenacity, and surprising generosity―a land of Big Boxes, anxiety, fast food, and a thousand desperate stratagems for survival.
But how does anyone survive, ehrenreich left her home, let alone prosper, took the cheapest lodgings she could find, on $6 an hour? To find out, and accepted whatever jobs she was offered. Beautifully repackaged as part of the Picador Modern Classics Series, this special edition is small enough to fit in your pocket and bold enough to stand out on your bookshelf.
Nickel and Dimed: On Not Getting By in America Picador Modern Classics - Moving from florida to maine to minnesota, a hotel maid, a nursing-home aide, a cleaning woman, she worked as a waitress, and a Wal-Mart sales clerk. Very quickly, she discovered that no job is truly “unskilled, ” that even the lowliest occupations require exhausting mental and muscular effort. Millions of americans work full time, year round, for poverty-level wages.
Angels: A NovelHarper Perennial - Their tickets may say phoenix, but their inescapable destination is a last stop marked by stunning violence and mind-shattering surprise. The most critically acclaimed, and first, ex-husband, of denis johnson's novels, ex-con -- on a Greyhound Bus for a dark, Angels puts Jamie Mays -- a runaway wife toting along two kids -- and Bill Houston -- ex-Navy man, wild ride cross country.
Driven by restless souls, fascinating, jamie and Bill bounce from bus stations to cheap hotels as they ply the strange, bad booze, and desperate needs, and dangerous fringe of American life. Denis johnson, sets off literary pyrotechnics on this highway odyssey, known for his portraits of America's dispossessed, lighting the trek with wit and a personal metaphysics that defiantly takes on the world.
Train Dreams: A NovellaPicador - It is the story of robert grainier, a day laborer in the American West at the start of the twentieth century-an ordinary man in extraordinary times. A new york times notable bookan esquire best book of 2011a new yorker favorite Book of 2011A Los Angeles Times Favorite Book of 2011 Denis Johnson's Train Dreams is an epic in miniature, one of his most evocative and poignant fictions.
Picador USA. Suffused with the history and landscapes of the American West, this novella by the National Book Award--winning author of Tree of Smoke captures the disappearance of a distinctly American way of life. As his story unfolds, we witness both his shocking personal defeats and the radical changes that transform America in his lifetime.
Train Dreams: A Novella - Buffeted by the loss of his family, Grainer struggles to make sense of this strange new world.