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Tree of Smoke
Tree of Smoke
Author: Denis Johnson
"Tree of Smoke" - the name given to a 'psy op' that might or might not be hypothetical and might or might not be officially sanctioned - is Denis Johnson's most gripping, visionary and ambitious work to date. Set in south-east Asia and the US, and spanning two decades, it ostensibly tells the story of Skip Sands, a CIA spy who may or may not be ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780330449212
ISBN-10: 0330449214
Pages: 304
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Publisher: Picador USA
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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This is the story of Skip Sandsspy-in-training, engaged in Psychological Operations against the Vietcongand 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 Johnsons 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.
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