Fiskadoro by Denis JohnsonFiskadoro by Denis Johnson


byDenis Johnson

Paperback | May 30, 2000

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Hailed by the New York Times as "wildly ambitious" and "the sort of book that a young Herman Melville might have written had he lived today and studied such disparate works as the Bible, 'The Wasteland,' Fahrenheit 451, and Dog Soldiers, screened Star Wars and Apocalypse Now several times, dropped a lot of acid and listened to hours of Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones," Fiskadoro is a stunning novel of an all-too-possible tomorrow. Deeply moving and provacative, Fiskadoro brilliantly presents the sweeping and heartbreaking tale of the survivors of a devastating nuclear war and their attempts to breaking tale of the survivors of a devastating nuclear war and their attempts to salvage remnants of the old world and rebuild their culture.
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’...
Title:FiskadoroFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.63 inPublished:May 30, 2000Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060976098

ISBN - 13:9780060976095


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Challenging, troubling, relevant This isn't an easy book to parse, but the rewards outweight the difficulties. A Riddley Walker for the Americas that takes on a deeper relevance considering the current state of US politics.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hailed by the New York Times as “wildly ambitious.” Fiskadoro by Denis Johnson I really like Denis Johnson. I really wanted to like this book about a heart-breaking tale of the survivors of a devastating nuclear war… but I didn’t, not really. The prose is unbelievably good; Johnson is still one of the best writers around. Yet, this novel seemed to me to be as broken down as its characters, “ghosts in a rotten room” (45). Passages like this will inspire though: “Hua-ling had produced an armor of lifelessness around herself. She’d transmitted to Marie the faith that to suffer over generations was unremarkable, and now because her husband had killed himself, one man in all this panorama of endlessly masticated hope, she collapsed inward like a dry toadstool and spoke neither yes nor no” (76). Armor of lifelessness, nice; collapsed inward like a dry toadstool… this I like. But I the narrative was difficult to follow because it was disjointed... which makes sense given the narrative. Broken people, broken story. Overall I found it too distracting. “The profound familiarity of all this was nauseating” (47). "It's waking up and remembering the past and thinking it's real" (217).
Date published: 2007-12-07

From Our Editors

The Cold War is over, and the threat of nuclear war is not as strong as it once was. However, we still live in a society that can destroy itself with the push of a button. In Fiskadoro, Denis Johnson examines these themes in a story about nuclear age United States and the choices society as a whole makes surrounding this controversial issue. From Johnson, the author of Jesus’ Son and The Stars at Noon, comes the frightening novel Fiskadoro.

Editorial Reviews

"A leap of the imagination. . . stunningly delivered." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)