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Jesus' Son Stories

ISBN: 9780312428747 | 031242874X
Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Picador
Pub. Date: 2/17/2009

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Jesus' Sonis a visionary chronicle of dreamers, addicts, and lost souls. These stories tell of spiraling grief and trancendence, of rock bottom and redemption, of getting lost an dfound and lost again. The raw beauty and careening energy of Denis Johnson's prose has earned this book a place among the classics of twentieth-century American literature. Denis Johnson is the author of eight works of fiction, three collections of poetry, and one book of reportage. He is the recipient of a Lannan Fellowship and a Whiting Writers' Award, and a National Book Award forTree of Smoke, among many other honors for his work. Jesus' Sonis a visionary chronicle of dreamers, addicts, and lost souls. These stories tell of spiraling grief and transcendence, of rock bottom and redemption, of getting lost and found and lost again. The raw beauty and careening energy of Denis Johnson's prose has earned this book a place among the classics of twentieth-century American literature. "Ferocious intensity . . . No American novelist since William Burroughs has so flagrantly risked 'insensitivity' in an effort to depict the pathology of addiction."The New York Times Book Review "Ferocious intensity . . . No American novelist since William Burroughs has so flagrantly risked 'insensitivity' in an effort to depict the pathology of addiction."The New York Times Book Review "The narrator of these interlinked stories is a young man, reelig from his addiction to heroin and alcohol, his mind at once clouded and made gorgeously lucid by these drugs. Dreams blur into real life for this man, hallucinations mimic and merge with reality: a state of affairs that gives Mr. Johnson ample opportunity to display his dazzling gift for poetic language, his natural instinct for metaphor and wordplay."Michiko Kakutani,The New York Times "Denis Johnson's most accessible and accomplished book, from start to finish, without a single sentence that misses the mark."Los Angeles Times "Denis Johnson's path as a writerfrom poetry to the novel to the short storyis an untypical as his vision, butJesus' Sonmay eventually be read not just as a moment in his evolution but as a distinctive turn in the history of the form. He is doing something deeply new in these stories, and the formal novelty brings us into a new intimacy with the violence that is rising around us in this country like the killing waters of a flood."Atlantic Monthly "Reading these stories is like reading ticker tape from the subconscious."The Nation "[Dennis Johnson is] a synthesizer of profoundly American voices: we can hear Twain in his biting irony, Whitman in his erotic excess, not a little of Dashiell Hammett too in the hard sentences he throws back at his gouged, wounded world. And behind all these you sense something else: a visionary angel, a Kerouac, or, better yet, a Blake, who has seen his demon and yearned for God and forged a language to contain them both."Newsday "In a world of predictable fiction,Jesus' Sonis a point-blank godsend."L.A. Weekly "A work of spare beauty and almost religious intensity."Entertainment Weekly "Intense, vicious, and beautiful, these stories are fraught with a cutting wit purposefully juxtaposed against the too-big sentimentality of a drunk. Denis Johnson is an exquisite writer."Mary Gaitskill "Set in the Midwest and West, these aggressively grim stories are linked by a common narrator--a young, nameless substance abuser of unspecified backgrou


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