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The largesse of the sea maiden

by Johnson, Denis, 1949-2017,

Format: Print Book 2018
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Twenty-five years after Jesus' Son, a haunting new collection of short stories on mortality and transcendence, from National Book Award winner and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Denis Johnson

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden is the long-awaited new story collection from Denis Johnson. Written in the luminous prose that made him one of the most beloved and important writers of his generation, this collection finds Johnson in new territory, contemplating the ghosts of the past and the elusive and unexpected ways the mysteries of the universe assert themselves.

Finished shortly before Johnson's death, this collection is the last word from a writer whose work will live on for many years to come.

Praise for The Largesse of the Sea Maiden

"These four stories rank with Johnson's best work, but the title story, a catalogue of singular moments related by a man who tells us he's passing through life as if it were a masquerade, ranks with the best fiction published by any American writer during this short century." -- New York Magazine

"Most of these stories are terrific, and two--the first and the last--are out-of-this-world. I say this not out of deference to the recently deceased, but in awe. When Johnson wrote at reckless full force, his sentences and storylines blasted barriers, discovering those odd places where, as one of his narrators here says, 'the Mystery winks at you.' . . . The Largesse of The Sea Maiden contains the kind of work every writer would like to go out on: fresh, profound and singular. It affirms literature's promise to believers, the gift of eternal voice." --Maureen Corrigan on Fresh Air, NPR

"The book in front of us today is one for which many people have waited--as if outside, in the acid rain--a long time. It's the follow-up to Jesus' Son, perhaps the most influential and beloved book of American short stories of the past three decades. . . . The Largesse of the Sea Maiden picks up, to a large extent, where Jesus' Son left off . . . [with] prose vernacular and elevated at the same time. One can say about this book what one narrator says about the poems of a writer he loves: 'They were the real thing, line after line of the real thing.'" -- The New York Times
The largesse of the sea maiden
The starlight on Idaho
Strangler Bob
Triumph over the grave
Doppelgänger, poltergeist.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* A magnet for weirdness, the narrator in the episodic and mesmerizing title story in this percussive collection asks if, like him, you collect and squirrel away in your soul certain odd moments when the Mystery winks at you. This well describes Johnson's modus operandi throughout this posthumously published gathering of psychologically revelatory, spiritually inquisitive, and grimly funny stories about the derailed and the deranged. National Book Award-winner Johnson's death at age 67 in May 2017 makes his portraits of characters suffering from mental imbalance and addiction, and those trying to care for them, all the more resonant; so, too, his fascination with fairy tales, which infuses his edgy dramas, including one set in a rehab center, another in jail, with timelessness and universality. No matter how lunatic and chaotic the mindscapes and goings-on become, Johnson's language remains knifing in its clarity. Triumph over the Grave, a magnificently unnerving story in which a revered writer comes to a sad end, concludes presciently with the narrator observing, It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it. Johnson will be remembered and revered as an incisive storyteller fluent in the comedy and tragedy of human confusion and the transcendence of compassion.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The second story collection from the late Johnson (Jesus' Son) is a masterpiece of deep humanity and astonishing prose. The title story chronicles a lifetime of moments, from the small to the ecstatic, of ad agent Bill Whitman, including a chance bathroom encounter, his marriage ("Have I loved my wife? We've gotten along. We've never felt like congratulating ourselves"), and his searching walks around his neighborhood at night ("I wonder if you're like me, if you collect and squirrel away in your soul certain odd moments when the Mystery winks at you"). "The Starlight on Idaho" is structured as a series of letters written by Mark Cassandra, an alcoholic in a recovery center, to all the significant people in his life-siblings, doctors, Satan-as he considers how he can correct his tendency toward self-destruction ("I have been asked over and over by medical people who probably know what they're talking about 'Why aren't you dead?'"). In "Strangler Bob," a young man named Dink ends up in county lockup, where he meets a group of other wayward men, eats a hot rod magazine soaked in an unspecified hallucinogen, and mulls over what would happen if an ominous red button on the wall were to be pressed. "Triumph Over the Grave" is a winding story told by an aging writer about his deceased friends and acquaintances, including a novelist who sees the ghosts of his brother and sister-in-law on his Texas ranch. In "Doppelgänger, Poltergeist," a poetry professor's long friendship with one of his students draws him into the student's obsession with an Elvis conspiracy. This book is an instant classic. It's filled with Johnson's unparalleled ability to inject humor, profundity, and beauty-often all three-into the dark and the mundane alike. These characters have been pushed toward the edge; through their searches for meaning or clawing just to hold onto life, Johnson is able to articulate what it means to be alive, and to have hope. Agent: Nicole Aragi, Aragi Inc. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Mortality -- Fiction.
Transcendence (Philosophy) -- Fiction.
Short stories.
Publisher New York :2018
Edition First edition.
Other Titles Short stories.
Language English
Description 207 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780812988635
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