Robert Olin Butler

Robert Olen Butler has published ten critically acclaimed books since 1981, eight novels-The Alleys of Eden, Sun Dogs, Countrymen of Bones, On Distant Ground, Wabash, The Deuce, They Whisper, and The Deep Green Sea-and two volumes of short fiction-Tabloid Dreams and A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, which won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His stories have appeared widely in such publications as The New Yorker, Esquire, The Paris Review, Harper's and GQ. They have also been chosen for inclusion in The Best American Short Stories, New Stories from the South, and numerous college literary textbooks. A recipient of both a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction and a National Endowment for the Arts grant, he also won the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. His works have been translated into a dozen languages. Since 1995 he has written feature-length screenplays for New Regency, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Disney, and Universal Pictures and two teleplays for HBO. He teaches creative writing at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where he lives with his wife, the novelist and playwright Elizabeth Dewberry.

A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

by Robert Olin Butler

Robert Olen Butler's 1993 Pulitzer Prize-winning A GOOD SCENT FROM A STRANGE MOUNTAIN received wide critical acclaim for its poignant stories about the aftermath of the Vietnam War and its enduring impact on the Vietnamese. Now Grove Press will reissue this contemporary classic with the addition of two new stories- "Missing" and "Salem". These stories continue the collections narrative, returning to jungles of Vietnam to explore the experiences of a former Vietcong soldier and an American MIA.

In A GOOD SCENT FROM A STRANGE MOUNTAIN, Butler combines the traditions of Vietnamese folklore with contemporary western attitudes. His beautiful mastership of prose gives power to the often harrowing stories he describes and allows his reader insight into a subject that, although popular, may never have been explained before with such clarity and originality.

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