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The Name of the World (Paperback)

Author:  Denis Johnson
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0060929650
ISBN-13: 9780060929657
Sku: 30740145
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Pages:  144
Age Range:  NA
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In a haunting, darkly comic novel, a professor at a small Midwestern college, mourning the accidental deaths of his wife and child, discovers that his grief has both transformed and enlarged his life. By the author of Jesus Son. 40,000 first printing. *Author: Johnson, Denis *Publication Date: 2001/05/01 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.00
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In a haunting, darkly comic novel, a professor at a small Midwestern college, mourning the accidental deaths of his wife and child, discovers that his grief has both transformed and enlarged his life. By the author of Jesus' Son. 40,000 first printing.
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In this short novel, Michael Reed is trying to carry on after his wife and daughter are killed in a car crash. A New York Times Notable Book for the year 2000.Denis Johnson is the patron saint of lost souls--his novels' protagonists are invariably damaged individuals in the act of capsizing, reaching out for something to hold on to: religion, love, philosophy, or even just a moment of human compassion. Michael Reed, the narrator of THE NAME OF THE WORLD, has a clear psychic scar: his wife and daughter died five years ago in a car crash. Since then, Reed, a college professor, has turned inward, his life calcifying into a numbed routine. He's jolted awake by the arrival of Flower Cannon, a redheaded student, stripper, and performance artist, and he begins to obsessively follow her. His fascination is perversely mixed--he's both sexually attracted to her and somehow associates her with his dead daughter. Logic and reality are never Johnson's strong points--he's a writer who moves intuitively through his narrative, seeking for moments of clarity and transcendence. Some readers will find this approach disorienting and frustrating, but for those willing to be seduced by Johnson's brilliant prose and hypnotic vision, THE NAME OF THE WORLD becomes an unforgettable meditation on grief and awakening. A New York Times Notable Book for the year 2000.
Author Bio
Denis Johnson
Poet and novelist Denis Johnson received the Whiting Writers Award in 1986, and was also a recipient of the National Poetry Series Award.

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Salon
"Concerned with sorrow and the task of continuing in a world riven with loss, where perfection always decays, THE NAME OF THE WORLD is still often shrewd and funny....Johnson is the kind of writer who's so good you don't notice how good he is. There's no effort to reading this novel--it just sort of slips in, less like reading than breathing in the cool dry air of winter." - Laura Miller 07/24/2000

New Yorker
"The events of this academic novel flirt with predictability: the faculty scheming, the learned freeloading, the abruptly terminated position, the professor's sexual attraction to a graduate student....Explosions don't last, and Denis Johnson's radioactive wine holds up best in small bottles, before the decay of rhetoric sets in. this novel about anomic grief thirsts for tears...." - John Updike 07/24/2000

"Johnson's eloquent examination of one man's persistent inability to extricate himself from the tenacity of grief manages to be both lyrical and raw." 07/01/2000

"If [NAME OF THE WORLD'S] conclusion doesn't quite hold together, this doesn't diminish Johnson's brilliance as a writer." - Michael Miller 07/26/2000

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0144
Product attributePublisher:   Harper Perennial
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