Denis Johnson


Born
in Munich, Germany
July 01, 1949

Died
May 24, 2017

Genre

Influences


Poet, playwright and author Denis Johnson was born in Munich, West Germany in 1949 and was raised in Tokyo, Manila and Washington. He earned a masters' degree from the University of Iowa and received many awards for his work, including a Lannan Fellowship in Fiction (1993), a Whiting Writer's Award (1986), the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction from the Paris Review for Train Dreams, and most recently, the National Book Award for Fiction (2007).

Average rating: 3.85 · 81,777 ratings · 8,435 reviews · 44 distinct worksSimilar authors
Jesus' Son

4.13 avg rating — 26,943 ratings — published 1992 — 44 editions
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Tree of Smoke

3.57 avg rating — 9,237 ratings — published 2004 — 36 editions
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Train Dreams

3.89 avg rating — 13,910 ratings — published 2002 — 28 editions
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The Largesse of the Sea Maiden

3.93 avg rating — 4,198 ratings — published 2018 — 19 editions
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Angels

3.89 avg rating — 3,693 ratings — published 1983 — 23 editions
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Nobody Move

3.29 avg rating — 3,956 ratings — published 2009 — 29 editions
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The Laughing Monsters

3.18 avg rating — 3,356 ratings — published 2014 — 31 editions
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Already Dead

3.68 avg rating — 2,175 ratings — published 1997 — 14 editions
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The Name of the World

3.52 avg rating — 1,934 ratings — published 2000 — 17 editions
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Fiskadoro

3.54 avg rating — 1,539 ratings — published 1985 — 19 editions
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“She wanted to eat my heart and be lost in the desert with what she'd done, she wanted to fall on her knees and give birth from it, she wanted to hurt me as only a child can be hurt by its mother.”
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