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F Nf Hinrichtungen Und Ein Barbecue

Author : Denis Johnson
ISBN : 9783644000803
Genre : Literary Collections
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Nach acht Romanen und der legendären Story-Sammlung «Jesus’ Sohn» gilt Denis Johnson als einer der wichtigsten Autoren der amerikanischen Gegenwartsliteratur. Für sein Vietnamkriegsepos «Ein gerader Rauch» wurde ihm 2007 der National Book Award verliehen. Seine Reportage «Fünf Hinrichtungen und ein Barbecue» ist ein Blick in den Abgrund des amerikanischen Justizsystems. Für den «Rolling Stone» reiste Denis Johnson im Jahr 2000 nach Texas, um fünf Hinrichtungen zu begleiten, um Gespräche zu führen mit den Verurteilten, Beteiligten, Verwandten. Und auch mit Vertretern der texanischen Justizbehörde, insbesondere dem Chief Public Information Officer der Strafvollzugsabteilung, Larry Fitzgerald, der seine Recherchen verlässlich behindert, weil er keine kritische Berichterstattung zulassen will. Das Gefängnis 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 Lügengeschichten erzählt ... Denis Johnson schreibt in dem klaren Bewusstsein, dass es sich bei den Todeskandidaten um Mörder 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 Absperrbändern 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. «Fünf Hinrichtungen und ein Barbecue» ist eine atemberaubende Reportage, ein vielschichtiges Porträt menschlicher Verstrickungen, ein genauso kunstvolles wie leidenschaftliches Plädoyer gegen den Missbrauch menschlicher Macht.

Granite And Rainbow

Author : Virginia Woolf
ISBN : 1447469291
Genre : Literary Collections
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Granite and Rainbow is a collection of essays on the art of writing fiction and biographies.

Train Dreams

Author : Denis Johnson
ISBN : 9781429995207
Genre : Fiction
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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.

Fiskadoro

Author : Denis Johnson
ISBN : 0060976098
Genre : Fiction
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Hailed by the New York Times as "wildly ambitious" and "the sort of book that a young Herman Melville might have written had he lived today and studied such disparate works as the Bible, 'The Wasteland,' Fahrenheit 451, and Dog Soldiers, screened Star Wars and Apocalypse Now several times, dropped a lot of acid and listened to hours of Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones," Fiskadoro is a stunning novel of an all-too-possible tomorrow. Deeply moving and provacative, Fiskadoro brilliantly presents the sweeping and heartbreaking tale of the survivors of a devastating nuclear war and their attempts to breaking tale of the survivors of a devastating nuclear war and their attempts to salvage remnants of the old world and rebuild their culture.

Already Dead

Author : Denis Johnson
ISBN : 0061869201
Genre : Fiction
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A contemporary noir, Already Dead is the tangled story of Nelson Fairchild Jr., disenfranchised scion to a northern California land fortune. A relentless failure, Nelson has botched nearly every scheme he's attempted to pull off. Now his future lies in a potentially profitable marijuana patch hidden in the lush old-growth redwoods on the family land. Nelson has some serious problems. His marriage has fallen apart, and he may lose his land, cash and crop in the divorce. What's more, in need of some quick cash, he had foolishly agreed to smuggle $90,000 worth of cocaine through customs for Harry Lally, a major player in a drug syndicate. Chickening out just before bringing the drugs through, he flushed the powder. Now Lally wants him dead, and two goons are hot on his trail. Desperate, terrified and alone, for Nelson, there may be only one way out. This is Denis Johnson's biggest and most complex book to date, and it perfectly showcases his signature themes of fate, redemption and the unraveling of the fabric of today's society. Already Dead, with its masterful narrative of overlapping and entwined stories, will further fuel the acclaim that surrounds one of today's most fascinating writers.

The Laughing Monsters

Author : Denis Johnson
ISBN : 9780374709235
Genre : Fiction
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Denis Johnson's 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 fiancée, 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.

The Name Of The World

Author : Denis Johnson
ISBN : 9780061869396
Genre : Fiction
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The acclaimed author of Jesus' Son and Already Dead returns with a beautiful, haunting, and darkly comic novel. The Name of the World is a mesmerizing portrait of a professor at a Midwestern university who has been patient in his grief after an accident takes the lives of his wife and child and has permitted that grief to enlarge him. Michael Reed is living a posthumous life. In spite of outward appearances -- he holds a respectable university teaching position; he is an articulate and attractive addition to local social life -- he's a dead man walking. Nothing can touch Reed, nothing can move him, although he observes with a mordant clarity the lives whirling vigorously around him. Of his recent bereavement, nearly four years earlier, he observes, "I'm speaking as I'd speak of a change in the earth's climate, or the recent war." Facing the unwelcome end of his temporary stint at the university, Reed finds himself forced "to act like somebody who cares what happens to him. " Tentatively he begins to let himself make contact with a host of characters in this small academic town, souls who seem to have in common a tentativeness of their own. In this atmosphere characterized, as he says, "by cynicism, occasional brilliance, and small, polite terror," he manages, against all his expectations, to find people to light his way through his private labyrinth. Elegant and incisively observed, The Name of the World is Johnson at his best: poignant yet unsentimental, replete with the visionary imaginative detail for which his work is known. Here is a tour de force by one of the most astonishing writers at work today.

Soul Of A Whore And Purvis

Author : Denis Johnson
ISBN : 9780374709655
Genre : Drama
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Two plays—hilarious and searing in equal measure—by one of our most essential and original authors In his poetry, short stories, novels, and plays, the National Book Award-winning author Denis Johnson has explored the story of America—especially of the West, land of self-made men and self-perpetuating myths—with searing honesty and genuine sympathy. These two plays, written in verse at once hypnotic and clear, confirm his position as one of our great verbal stylists and a literary conscience for our times. In Soul of a Whore, a lively cast of characters—faith healers, pimps, strippers, actual demons—converge, with unexpected hilarity, as Bess Cassandra awaits execution for the murder of her infant daughter. Purvis's seven reverse-chronological scenes catalog the fall and rise of Melvin Purvis, the G-man who brought down John Dillinger and Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd. Johnson takes us from Washington's back rooms to a Midwestern cornfield, dramatizing the seductive allure of power and our own human capacity for both pettiness and grace. In these furiously entertaining, occasionally terrifying works, Johnson chronicles and questions America's myths, heroes, and everyday realities with verve and elegance, revealing himself once again to be at the height of his linguistic and insightful powers.

My Mistress S Sparrow Is Dead

Author : Jeffrey Eugenides
ISBN : 9780061240379
Genre : Fiction
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A collection of love stories and love story excerpts from classic literary works includes selections by such writers as Alice Munro, William Faulkner, and Milan Kundera.

Tree Of Smoke

Author : Denis Johnson
ISBN : 0374279128
Genre : Fiction
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The lives of Skip Sands, a spy-in-training engaged in psychological operations against the Vietcong, and brothers Bill and James Houston, young men who drift out of the Arizona desert into a war, intertwine in a compelling novel of America during the Vietnam War.

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