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Norman Mailer

Data de nascimento: 31. Janeiro 1923
Data de falecimento: 10. Novembro 2007

Norman Kingsley Mailer foi um escritor e jornalista estadunidense, premiado duas vezes com o Prêmio Pulitzer.

Mailer é considerado um dos pais da não-ficção criativa, também chamado de Novo Jornalismo, ao lado de escritores como Tom Wolfe e Truman Capote, vértice da literatura norte-americana.

Estudou engenharia aeronáutica na Universidade de Harvard, onde despertou interesse pela leitura e escrita através de artigos do jornal universitário.

Com fama e reconhecimento internacionais desde 1948, quando seu livro Os Nus e os Mortos , baseado em experiências vividas na Segunda Guerra Mundial, foi um best seller bastante elogiado pela crítica, Mailer foi duas vezes premiado com o Pulitzer: em 1968 com Os Exércitos da Noite e em 1979 com A Canção do Carrasco sobre o condenado à morte Gary Gilmore.

Importante expoente da contracultura nos Estados Unidos dos anos 60, Mailer foi um dos fundadores do influente jornal alternativo The Village Voice e ativista contra a Guerra do Vietnam, o que lhe custou uma prisão. A biografia sobre Marilyn Monroe publicada em 1973 foi um de seus grandes sucessos de vendas e provocou enorme polêmica, com as afirmativas de que a morte da atriz teria sido causada pelo FBI e pela CIA, que condenavam seu suposto romance com o senador Robert Kennedy.

Morreu em 10 de novembro de 2007 no Hospital Monte Sinai, em Nova Iorque, aos 84 anos, vítima de problemas pulmonares.

Citações Norman Mailer

„Não creio que a vida é um absurdo. Penso que estamos todos aqui para um enorme propósito. Penso que temos medo de a imensidade da finalidade para que estamos aqui.“

—  Norman Mailer

I don't think life is absurd. I think we are all here for a huge purpose. I think we shrink from the immensity of the purpose we are here for.
Norman Mailer em entrevista com Divina Infusino em American Way (15 de junho de 1995)

„Morrer não deve ser tão difícil. Até hoje, todos foram bem-sucedidos.“

—  Norman Mailer

Norman Mailer citado em "As melhores frases de ironia e irreverência‎" - Página 81, GARAMOND, Editora Garamond, ISBN 8576170868, 9788576170860- 120 páginas

„O papel natural do homem do século XX é ansiedade.“

—  Norman Mailer

The natural role of twentieth-century man is anxiety.
Norman Mailer in The Naked and the Dead (1948)

„Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.“

—  Norman Mailer

"Mr. Mailer Interviews Himself" in The New York Times Book Review (17 September 1965)

„Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision.“

—  Norman Mailer, livro The Presidential Papers

Preface
The Presidential Papers (1963)
Contexto: Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision. The more a man can achieve, the more he may be certain that the devil will inhabit a part of his creation.

„We've got an agreeable, comfortable life here as Americans. But under it there's a huge, free-floating anxiety.“

—  Norman Mailer

TIME interview (1991)
Contexto: We've got an agreeable, comfortable life here as Americans. But under it there's a huge, free-floating anxiety. Our inner lives, our inner landscape is just like that sky out there — it's full of smog. We really don't know what we believe anymore, we're nervous about everything.

„America was the land where people still believed in heroes.“

—  Norman Mailer

Superman Comes to the Supermarket (1960)
Contexto: America was the country in which the dynamic myth of the Renaissance — that every man was potentially extraordinary — knew its most passionate persistence. Simply, America was the land where people still believed in heroes.

„Tolstoy teaches us that compassion is of value and enriches our life only when compassion is severe, which is to say when we can perceive everything that is good and bad about a character but are still able to feel that the sum of us as human beings is probably a little more good than awful“

—  Norman Mailer, livro The Naked and the Dead

Mailer's Introduction to the 50th Anniversary Edition (1998)
The Naked and the Dead (1948)
Contexto: For that is the genius of the old man — Tolstoy teaches us that compassion is of value and enriches our life only when compassion is severe, which is to say when we can perceive everything that is good and bad about a character but are still able to feel that the sum of us as human beings is probably a little more good than awful … That fine edge in Tolstoy, the knowledge that compassion is valueless without severity (for otherwise it cannot defend itself against sentimentality), gave The Naked and the Dead whatever enduring virtue it may possess and catapulted the amateur who wrote it into the grim ranks of those successful literary men and women who are obliged to become professional in order to survive …

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„Americans have been leading a double life, and our history has moved on two rivers, one visible, the other underground;“

—  Norman Mailer

Superman Comes to the Supermarket (1960)
Contexto: Americans have been leading a double life, and our history has moved on two rivers, one visible, the other underground; there has been the history of politics which is concrete, factual, practical and unbelievably dull if not for the consequences of the actions of some of these men; and there is a subterranean river of untapped, ferocious, lonely and romantic desires, that concentration of ecstasy and violence which is the dream life of the nation.

„The world's not what I want it to be. But then no one ever said I had the right to design the world.“

—  Norman Mailer

TIME interview (1991)
Contexto: It's a misperception of me that I am a wild man — I wish I still were. I'm 68 years old. The rage now is, oh, so deep it's almost comfortable. It has even approached the point where I can live with it philosophically. The world's not what I want it to be. But then no one ever said I had the right to design the world.

„I had a great many prejudices that have since dissolved.“

—  Norman Mailer

TIME interview (1991)
Contexto: I had a great many prejudices that have since dissolved. But what I still hate about the women's movement is their insistence upon male piety in relation to it. I don't like bending my knee and saying I'm sorry, mea culpa. I find now that women have achieved some power and recognition they are quite the equal of men in every stupidity and vice and misjudgment that we've exercised through history.
They're narrow-minded, power seeking, incapable of recognizing the joys of a good discussion. The women's movement is filled with tyrants, just as men's political movements are equally filled.
What I've come to discover are the negative sides, that women are no better than men. I used to think — this is sexism in a way, I'll grant it — that women were better than men. Now I realize no, they're not any better.

„We live in a time which has created the art of the absurd. It is our art.“

—  Norman Mailer

Introducing our Argument
Cannibals and Christians (1966)
Contexto: We live in a time which has created the art of the absurd. It is our art. It contains happenings, Pop art, camp, a theater of the absurd … Do we have the art because the absurd is the patina of waste…? Or are we face to face with a desperate or most rational effort from the deepest resources of the unconscious of us all to rescue civilization from the pit and plague of its bedding?

„We sail across dominions barely seen, washed by the swells of time.“

—  Norman Mailer, livro Ancient Evenings

Ancient Evenings (1983) Last lines
Contexto: We sail across dominions barely seen, washed by the swells of time. We plow through fields of magnetism. Past and future come together on thunderheads and our dead hearts live with lightning in the wounds of the Gods.

„One's condition on marijuana is always existential. One can feel the importance of each moment and how it is changing one.“

—  Norman Mailer

Interview in Writers at Work Third Series (1967) edited by George Plimpton
Contexto: One's condition on marijuana is always existential. One can feel the importance of each moment and how it is changing one. One feels one's being, one becomes aware of the enormous apparatus of nothingness — the hum of a hi-fi set, the emptiness of a pointless interruption, one becomes aware of the war between each of us, how the nothingness in each of us seeks to attack the being of others, how our being in turn is attacked by the nothingness in others.

„You're a fool if you don't realize this is going to be the reactionary's century, perhaps their thousand-year reign.“

—  Norman Mailer, livro The Naked and the Dead

Gen. Edward Cummings, in Pt. 1, Ch. 3
The Naked and the Dead (1948)
Contexto: You're a fool if you don't realize this is going to be the reactionary's century, perhaps their thousand-year reign. It's the one thing Hitler said which wasn't completely hysterical.

„I would introduce myself if it were not useless. The name I had last night will not be the same as the name I have tonight.“

—  Norman Mailer

Fonte: The Man Who Studied Yoga (1956), Ch. 1
Contexto: I would introduce myself if it were not useless. The name I had last night will not be the same as the name I have tonight. For the moment, then, let me say that I am thinking of Sam Slovoda.

„There's a detachment that you need as a writer. And as a young man, I probably had more detachment than I have today.“

—  Norman Mailer

Interview for French TV (1998)
Contexto: There's a detachment that you need as a writer. And as a young man, I probably had more detachment than I have today. So that part of me was just looking at the battlefield, and it was certainly full of horrors. There was a lieutenant with us and a driver and another enlisted man like myself. And I think they were shocked profoundly.
I just thought — this is a cold and cruel thing to say, but it's the way a writer is — I thought, "Oh, this is good." Not that it was good that all these people are dead. But "Oh, it's so good for writing." There was a sense of, "This can be used."

„The sense of a long last night over civilization is back again.“

—  Norman Mailer

Introducing our Argument
Cannibals and Christians (1966)
Contexto: We are close to dead. There are faces and bodies like gorged maggots on the dance floor, on the highway, in the city, in the stadium; they are a host of chemical machines who swallow the product of chemical factories, aspirin, preservatives, stimulant, relaxant, and breathe out their chemical wastes into a polluted air. The sense of a long last night over civilization is back again.

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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