Jesus' Son: Stories (Picador Modern Classics) (Hardcover)
Denis Johnson is one of my favorite modern authors. He writes in a style reminiscent of William Burroughs and other stream of consciousness style beat authors at times, but is also capable of heart rending tenderness. In this book, which uses lyrics from The Velvet Underground’s song Heroin as its title, we step inside the chaotic mind of the unnamed narrator, a paranoid drug addict living somewhere in the Midwest. It is written in the form of short stories, stark and often terrifying scenes within the young man’s life as he struggles to live. I would highly recommend this lovely hardcover edition.— ben
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American master Denis Johnson's nationally bestselling collection of blistering and indelible tales about America's outcasts and wanderers
Denis Johnson's now classic story collection chronicles a wild netherworld of addicts and lost souls, a violent and disordered landscape that encompasses every extreme of American culture. These are stories of transcendence and spiraling grief, of hallucinations and glories, of getting lost and found and lost again. The insights and careening energy in Jesus' Son have earned the book a place of its own among the classics of twentieth-century American literature.
For more than twenty years, Picador has been producing beautifully packaged literary fiction and nonfiction books from Manhattan's Flatiron Building. 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.
About the Author
Denis Johnson (1949–2017) 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.
“Reading these stories is like reading ticker tape from the subconscious.” —The Nation
“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
“[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
“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
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