Robert Stone Has Died

Robert StoneWe at Booklist were very sorry to hear of the passing of Robert Stone, who died on Saturday in Key West at the age of 77. Readers wanting to know more about this fascinating author’s life can read the New York Times notice (“Robert Stone, Novelist of the Vietnam Era and Beyond, Dies at 77,” by Bruce Weber)—or, of course, his memoir, Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties (2007). If you’d like to sample Booklist reviews of his other novels, here are links to Death of the Black-Haired Girl (2013) and Damascus Gate (1998).

I’ll leave you with a few words from the man himself:

“I see this enormous empty space from which God has absented himself,” Mr. Stone said in a New York Times Magazine interview in 1992. “I see this enormous mystery that I can’t penetrate, a mystery before which I’m silent and uncomprehending. This, in any case, is where I find myself in my sixth decade.”

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Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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