Tree of Smoke

Author(s): Denis Johnson


This is the story of Skip Sands, a CIA spy engaged in psychological operations against the Viet Cong, and the disasters that befall him. It is also the story of two brothers heading towards self-destruction, and a story about double agents, missionaries, killers for hire and lost souls desperate for sex, death or God - and thus an end to their loneliness. His first full-length novel in nine years, and one that describes a war where disinformation has become self-delusion, "Tree of Smoke" is Denis Johnson's most gripping, visionary and ambitious work to date.


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Winner of United States National Book Awards: Fiction 2007.

'There isn't an American voice I love more than Denis Johnson's' MICHAEL HERR 'Once Johnson gets his hooks into you - and it takes about two sentences - it's pretty much impossible to stop reading' New York Times Book Review 'One of the true legislators of tortured American souls' ALAN WARNER, Guardian 'A superlatively good American writer who gives a good name to those ugly terms dirty realism and poetic prose' DAVID FLUSFEDER, Daily Telegraph

Denis Johnson is the author of several novels, including Already Dead (published by Picador), Resuscitation of a Hanged Man, Fiskadoro, The Stars at Noon, Angels and The Name of the World, a collection of short stories, Jesus' Son, and four volumes of poetry. He lives in northern Idaho.

General Fields

  • : 9780230703681
  • : Pan Macmillan
  • : Picador
  • : September 2007
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Denis Johnson
  • : Paperback
  • : Airside ed
  • : 688