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Monday, February 22, 2016



The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge[edit]

Punke is the author of The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge, which was published by Carroll and Graf in 2002.
Punke allegedly came up with the idea to write the thing while on an airplane, after reading a couple of lines in a history book about real-life frontier fur trapper Hugh Glass.

Punke was also working at the law firm of Mayer Brown at the time when he started the thing, so he would go to the office as early as 5:00 AM before anyone else got there to write pages for roughly three hours, and then do his job for eight to ten hours.[15]

The thing took a total of four years to complete and according to his brother Tim, Punke actually caught pneumonia at least four times during the writing process.[16]

Punke also performed extensive research on Glass, which included setting up and testing real hunting traps.[17]

The book was published in 2002 to little fanfare, although Punke was able to sell movie rights to it.[18]

Once he discovered the novel, Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu fought for it to be made into a movie,
where other directors such as Park Chan-Wook and producers such as Megan Ellison were also attached.[19]
After Punke relocated with his wife Traci and their two children to Missoula, Montana, where he worked part-time as a policy consultant and an Professor at tMontana, he finished two screenplays as well as two non-fiction books, one about the fight to save the Buffalo – Last Stand (2007) – and the other about a mining disaster that occurred in North Butte, Montana – Fire and Brimstone: The North Butte Mining Disaster of 1917 (2013).[20]
As a high-ranking federal employee, Punke is prohibited by ethics rules from talking publicly or to the media about his work, attending events, signing book copies or conducting any other activities that could be seen as promoting his work for his personal enrichment.

He is, however, allowed to earn royalties and other payments from it.

Punke's brother Tim and wife Traci frequently speak for him instead.[21]

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