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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

„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

„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)

„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 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.

„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?

„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.

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„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.

„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

Superman Comes to the Supermarket (1960)
Contexto: 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.

„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.

„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.

„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.

„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."

„Crude thoughts and fierce forces are my state.“

—  Norman Mailer, livro Ancient Evenings

Ancient Evenings (1983) First lines
Contexto: 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.

„The concept of hero is antagonistic to impersonal social progress,“

—  Norman Mailer

Superman Comes to the Supermarket (1960)
Contexto: The concept of hero is antagonistic to impersonal social progress, to the belief that social ills can be solved by social legislating, for it sees a country as all-but-trapped in its character until it has a hero who reveals the character of the country to itself.

„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.

„I love the idea of a left conservative because it gets rid of political cant. We're stifling in it.“

—  Norman Mailer

TIME interview (1991)
Contexto: I love the idea of a left conservative because it gets rid of political cant. We're stifling in it. One of the diseases of the right is self-righteousness. I do believe that America's deepest political sickness is that it is a self-righteous nation.
One of the diseases of the left is political correctness. If you're out of power for too long, then you just get worse and worse about how important your own ideas are.

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