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Train Dreams Paperback – 1 July 2013

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'Johnson is arguably one of America's greatest living fiction writers and his work has been compared to that of Cormac McCarthy and Flannery O'Connor, although writing this good should not need comparison. Gently undulating and compelling... You can sit down and read it in one sitting - and you should' --'Paperback of the Week', The Times

'A concise yet epic slice of Americana of the unsweetened, affecting variety... Short it may be, forgettable it is not' --Absolutely Chelsea

'Prospects of yet another epic American novel romanticising the past may warrant yawns but Train Dreams is an exception. A nimble tome' -- Big Issue in the North

'This superb novella feels like a doorstopper, so huge is it in its concerns. Yet its economy of language and force of emotion give Denis Johnson's work the quick shot of intensity that a short story has' --Five star review, Independent on Sunday

'Train Dreams is beautifully written - a miniature masterpiece. It's got aspects of William Maxwell, whose writing I really like, and a bit of Cormac McCathy' --Ben Watt, Observer

'A beautifully balanced and lyrical novella in which an ordinary labourer [...] lives through some extraordinary times... An outstanding work' -- Paul Geatrix, Times Higher Education

'Amazing' --Anthony Doerr, summer books round up, Observer

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. His novel Tree Smoke won the National Book Award in 2007, and Train Dreams (Granta 2012) was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in northern Idaho.

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  • Publisher : Granta (1 July 2013)
  • Language: : English
  • Paperback : 128 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1847086624
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1847086624
  • Item Weight : 98 g
  • Dimensions : 12.9 x 0.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Generic Name : Book
  • Customer Reviews:
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