The Name of the World: A Novel

The Name of the World: A Novel

Denis Johnson


The acclaimed writer of Jesus' Son and Already Dead returns with a gorgeous, haunting, and darkly comedian novel. The identify of the World is a captivating portrait of a professor at a Midwestern college who has been sufferer in his grief after an coincidence takes the lives of his spouse and baby and has authorised that grief to amplify him.

Michael Reed resides a posthumous lifestyles. despite outward appearances -- he holds a good collage instructing place; he's an articulate and engaging addition to neighborhood social existence -- he is a useless guy walking.

Nothing can contact Reed, not anything can circulation him, even though he observes with a mordant readability the lives whirling vigorously round him. Of his contemporary bereavement, approximately 4 years previous, he observes, "I'm conversing as i might converse of a metamorphosis within the earth's weather, or the hot war."

Facing the unwelcome finish of his transitority stint on the collage, Reed unearths himself pressured "to act like a person who cares what occurs to him. " Tentatively he starts off to permit himself make touch with a number of characters during this small educational city, souls who appear to have in universal a tentativeness in their personal. during this surroundings characterised, as he says, "by cynicism, occasional brilliance, and small, well mannered terror," he manages, opposed to all his expectancies, to discover humans to mild his means via his inner most labyrinth.

Elegant and incisively saw, The identify of the World is Johnson at his most sensible: poignant but unsentimental, replete with the visionary ingenious element for which his paintings is understood. here's a journey de strength through essentially the most stunning writers at paintings today.

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