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Norman Mailer

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

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Norman Kingsley Mailer foi um escritor estadunidense, premiado duas vezes com o Prémio 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)

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„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
Context: 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. Preface

„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
Context: 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 … Mailer's Introduction to the 50th Anniversary Edition (1998)

„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
Context: 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
Context: 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. Introducing our Argument

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„I give an idea to Sam. "Destroy time, and chaos may be ordered," I say to him.“

—  Norman Mailer
Context: I give an idea to Sam. "Destroy time, and chaos may be ordered," I say to him. "Destroy time, and chaos may be ordered," he repeats after me, and in desperation to seek his coma, mutters back, "I do not feel my nose, my nose is numb, my eyes are heavy, my eyes are heavy." So Sam enters the universe of sleep, a man who seeks to live in such a way as to avoid pain, and succeeds merely in avoiding pleasure. What a dreary compromise is life! Ch. 5

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

—  Norman Mailer
Context: 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.

„America is a nation of experts without roots; we are always creating tacticians who are blind to strategy and strategists who cannot take a step“

—  Norman Mailer
Context: America is a nation of experts without roots; we are always creating tacticians who are blind to strategy and strategists who cannot take a step, and when the culture has finished its work the institutions handcuff the infirmity.

„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
Context: 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. Gen. Edward Cummings, in Pt. 1, Ch. 3

„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
Context: 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. Ch. 1

„Crude thoughts and fierce forces are my state.“

—  Norman Mailer
Context: Crude thoughts and fierce forces are my state. I do not know who I am. Nor what I was. I cannot hear a sound. Pain is near that will be like no pain felt before. Ancient Evenings (1983) First lines

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