Tree of Smoke

Johnson, Denis

Published by Farrar Straus Giroux, 2007
ISBN 10: 0374279128 / ISBN 13: 9780374279127
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There were only 75,000 copies of the first printing, not a lot for a novel being hailed as a masterpiece. Further, Johnson reportedly turned down book tours and special publicity, which means very few signed copies on the market. This one (first edition stated, number line starts with "1," and signature on full title page, not tipped in) is handsome and collectable, an UNREAD copy in AS NEW condition save for a small remainder mark on the bottom. SIGNED by Johnson. Excellent books, fiction and non fiction, have been written on Vietnam and for a while it appeared that the public had grown tired of reading about it. But the subject is enduring because the controversies it spawned are still relevant, and still reverberate. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: Once upon a time there was a war . . . and a young American who thought of himself as the Quiet American and the Ugly American, and who wished to be neither, who wanted instead to be the Wise American, or the Good American, but who eventually came to witness himself as the Real American and finally as simply the Fucking American. That’s me.

This is the story of Skip Sands—spy-in-training, engaged in Psychological Operations against the Vietcong—and the disasters that befall him thanks to his famous uncle, a war hero known in intelligence circles simply as the Colonel. This is also the story of the Houston brothers, Bill and James, young men who drift out of the Arizona desert into a war in which the line between disinformation and delusion has blurred away. In its vision of human folly, and its gritty, sympathetic portraits of men and women desperate for an end to their loneliness, whether in sex or death or by the grace of God, this is a story like nothing in our literature.

Tree of Smoke is Denis Johnson’s first full-length novel in nine years, and his most gripping, beautiful, and powerful work to date.

Tree of Smoke is the 2007 National Book Award Winner for Fiction.

Review: Amazon Significant Seven, September 2007: Denis Johnson is one of those few great hopes of American writing, fully capable of pulling out a ground-changing masterpiece, as he did in 1992 with the now-legendary collection, Jesus' Son. Tree of Smoke showed every sign of being his "big book": 600+ pages, years in the making, with a grand subject (the Vietnam War). And in the reading it lives up to every promise. It's crowded with the desperate people, always short of salvation, who are Johnson's specialty, but despite every temptation of the Vietnam dreamscape it is relentlessly sober in its attention to on-the-ground details and the gradations of psychology. Not one of its 614 pages lacks a sentence or an observation that could set you back on your heels. This is the book Johnson fans have been waiting for--along with everybody else, whether they knew it or not. --Tom Nissley

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Title: Tree of Smoke
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Publication Date: 2007
Binding: Cloth
Book Condition: As New
Edition: First Edition, First Printing, Signed

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