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The Name of the World

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Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"To put the matter simply, Denis Johnson is one of the best and most compelling novelist in the nation." Elle

Review:

"Denis Johnson's topsy-turvy novella pulls with G-force....The book's headlong momentum may thrust you back against your chair for its whole 129-page run." Newsweek

About the Author

Denis Johnson is the author of The Name of the World, Already Dead, Jesus' Son, Resuscitation of a Hanged Man, Fiskadoro, The Stars at Noon, and Angels. His poetry has been collected in the volume The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly. He is the recipient of a Lannan Fellowship and a Whiting Writer's Award, among many other honors for his work. He lives in northern Idaho.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060192488
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Johnson, Denis
Publisher:
Harper
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Middle west
Subject:
College teachers
Subject:
Loss (psychology)
Subject:
Widowers
Subject:
Loss
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
106-467
Publication Date:
20000620
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8.56x5.75x.67 in. .60 lbs.

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Product details 144 pages HarperCollins Publishers - English 9780060192488 Reviews:
"Review" by , "To put the matter simply, Denis Johnson is one of the best and most compelling novelist in the nation."
"Review" by , "Denis Johnson's topsy-turvy novella pulls with G-force....The book's headlong momentum may thrust you back against your chair for its whole 129-page run."
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