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Author : Denis Johnson
ISBN : 9780061869464
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Part political disquisition, part travel journal, part self-exploration, Seek is a collection of essays and articles in which Denis Johnson essentially takes on the world.And not an obliging, easygoing world either; but rather one in which horror and beauty exist in such proximity that they might well be interchangeable. Where violence and poverty and moral transgression go unchecked, even unnoticed. A world of such wild, rocketing energy that, grasping it, anything at all is possible. Whether traveling through war-ravaged Liberia, mingling with the crowds at a Christian Biker rally, exploring his own authority issues through the lens of this nation's militia groups, or attempting to unearth his inner resources while mining for gold in the wilds of Alaska, Johnson writes with a mixture of humility and humorous candor that is everywhere present. With the breathtaking and often haunting lyricism for which his work is renowned, Johnson considers in these pieces our need for transcendence. And, as readers of his previous work know, Johnson's path to consecration frequently requires a limning of the darkest abyss. If the path to knowledge lies in experience, Seek is a fascinating record of Johnson's profoundly moving pilgrimage.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Settling The Borderland

Author : Jan Whitt
ISBN : 0761840931
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Settling the Borderland deals with the intimate connection between journalism and literature, both fields in which work by women has been underrepresented. This book has a twin focus: the work of journalists who became some of the greatest novelists, poets, and short-story writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in America, several of whom are men, and contemporary journalists who best exemplify the effective use of literary techniques in news coverage. Although five women are emphasized here (Katherine Anne Porter, Eudora Welty, Joan Didion, Sara Davidson, and Susan Orlean), three men whose work was profoundly influenced by journalism also are included. Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, and John Steinbeck are well known as writers of poetry, short stories, and novels, but they, too, are among the "other voices" rarely included in studies of literary journalism. In Settling the Borderland, Jan Whitt presents a thorough analysis of the increasingly indistinct lines between truth and fiction and between fact and creative narrative in contemporary media.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

American Warlord

Author : Johnny Dwyer
ISBN : 9780385353038
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The incredible true story of Chucky Taylor, the only American ever convicted of torture. Chucky Taylor was an average American teenager, until he got a call from his father, a man who would become the infamous dictator of Liberia. Arriving in West Africa and reunited with his father, Chucky soon found himself leading a murderous militia group tasked with carrying out the president’s vendettas. Young and drunk on power, and with no real training beyond watching action films, Chucky spiraled into a binge of drugs, violence, and women, committing crimes that stunned even his father. A work of astonishing journalism, American Warlord is the true story of those dark years in Liberia, cutting right to the bone of humanity’s terrifying and unknowable capacity for cruelty to show just how easily a soul can be lost amid the chaos of war.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Big Trip

Author : Lonely Planet
ISBN : 9781743609521
Genre : Travel
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This comprehensive companion, now in its third edition, provides essential pretrip planning advice, regional overviews with maps and itineraries, and practical resources for finding work abroad. Now in full colour packed with inspirational images.
Category: Travel


Author : Denis Johnson
ISBN : 9781409018452
Genre : Fiction
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‘A dazzling and savage first novel’ New York Times Angels tells the story of two born losers. Jamie has ditched her husband and is running away with her two baby girls. Bill is dreaming of making it big in a life of crime. They meet on a Greyhound bus and decide to team up. So begins a stunning, tragic odyssey through the dark underbelly of America – the bars, bus stations, mental wards and prisons that play host to Jamie and Bill as they find themselves trapped in a downward spiral though rape, alcohol, drugs and crime, to madness and death. From the author of Tree of Smoke, winner of the National Book Award for Fiction
Category: Fiction

Die Lachenden Ungeheuer

Author : Denis Johnson
ISBN : 9783644046214
Genre : Fiction
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Denis Johnson, dieser große amerikanische Autor, über den Jonathan Franzen schrieb, dass der Gott, an den er glauben möchte, eine Stimme und einen Humor wie Denis Johnson habe, erzählt in seinem neuen Roman über Freundschaft in einer Welt, die auseinanderbricht. Roland Nair gibt sich als Däne aus, ist aber mit einem amerikanischen Pass unterwegs. Als er in Freetown, der Hauptstadt von Sierra Leone, aus dem Flugzeug steigt, schlägt ihm die Hitze Afrikas entgegen. Zehn Jahre war er nicht mehr da, aber jetzt ist er gekommen, um seinen Freund Michael Adriko wiederzusehen, einen Abenteurer, mit dem zusammen er während des Bürgerkriegs eine Menge Geld verdiente. Obwohl Nair die Region für hoffnungslos hält, will er das Glück ein zweites Mal herausfordern. Zu seiner Überraschung kommt der Freund zu ihrem Treffen nicht allein. Er hat eine junge Frau mitgebracht, Davidia St. Claire, eine schwarze Collegestudentin aus Colorado. Die beiden wollen heiraten, und zwar im Kreis von Adrikos Sippe, und Nair soll sie in sein Dorf irgendwo im Grenzland zwischen Uganda und dem Kongo begleiten. Obwohl er den Verdacht hat, dass all das nur ein Vorwand ist, macht er sich mit den beiden auf den Weg. Aber jeder ist jedem ein Rätsel, Interpol, der Mossad und der MI6 sind hinter ihnen her, und die Reise durch ein geheimnisvolles, beklemmendes Afrika führt geradewegs ins Herz der Finsternis. In «Die lachenden Ungeheuer» erzählt Denis Johnson die atemraubende Geschichte kaleidoskopartig verschwimmender Loyalitäten in einer seit 9/11 immer undurchsichtiger, chaotischer und verzweifelter gewordenen Welt. Ein aufwühlender, schneller, dunkler Abenteuer- und Spionageroman in der Tradition von Joseph Conrad und Graham Greene – und ein neuer Beweis für die Meisterschaft eines der bedeutendsten amerikanischen Schriftsteller unserer Zeit.
Category: Fiction

Der Name Der Welt

Author : Denis Johnson
ISBN : 9783644001411
Genre : Fiction
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Mike Reed, Assistenzprofessor an einer Universität, lernt auf einer Party eine beschwipste Schönheit kennen: Kunststudentin, rothaarig, in einem blauen Samtkleid. Er nimmt sie kaum wahr. Vier Jahre zuvor hat er Frau und Tochter bei einem Unfall verloren, und noch immer fühlt er sich im Tunnel seiner Trauer gefangen. Einige Zeit später kreuzt die Rothaarige als Stripteasetänzerin, Performancekünstlerin und Kirchensängerin erneut seinen Weg . Schritt für Schritt erkundet er Möglichkeiten der Flucht und des Neuanfangs.
Category: Fiction

Contemporary Authors

Author : Gale Group
ISBN : 0787646083
Genre : Literary Criticism
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pIn response to the escalating need for up-to-date information on writers, IContemporary Authors New Revision /I Series brings researchers the most recent data on the world's most-popular authors. These exciting and unique author profiles are essential to your holdings because sketches are entirely revised and up-to-date, and completely replace the original IContemporary Authors /I entries. pFor your convenience, a soft-cover cumulative index is sent biannually.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Water S Edge And Beyond

Author : Mitchell Geoffrey Bard
ISBN : 1412839610
Genre : Political Science
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One of the most commonly held notions in American politics is that American Jews have a great deal of influence on U.S. foreign policy. Some influential Americans have even argued that Jewish-Americans control American policy in the Middle East to the detriment of the national interest. Such views are readily accepted by leaders of the Arab world, and influence their own policies, perspectives, and lobbying activities. How accurate is this assessment? This study provides the most thorough analysis to date of the Israeli and Arab lobbies, their effectiveness, and the impact they exerted on the American political process from 1945 onward. Bard examines the reasons for the acknowledged effectiveness of Israeli lobbying efforts, and the relative ineffectiveness of Arab lobbies, and compares and contrasts their approaches. He shows that lobby - influence is constrained by a number of variables, including the President's own position on the issues, the specific policy content of an issue, the election cycle, the popularity of a President, and where decision-making authority resides. Using case studies, a thorough knowledge of political theory, and sophisticated quantitative analysis, Bard presents a study that will be of interest to all those concerned about Middle East policy, interest groups, and foreign policy decision-making. Above all, it will compel a retreat from stereotypical thinking about the Jewish "lobby" and the function of lobbies in general.
Category: Political Science