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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

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„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

„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

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„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

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

—  Norman Mailer
Context: 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.

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

—  Norman Mailer
Context: 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. Interview in Writers at Work Third Series (1967) edited by George Plimpton

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

—  Norman Mailer
Context: 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.

„I don't think we're ever going to have a cheap fascism of Brownshirts and goose stepping or anything of that sort.“

—  Norman Mailer
Context: I don't think we're ever going to have a cheap fascism of Brownshirts and goose stepping or anything of that sort. We're too American for that. We would find that ridiculous. But there are always traces of repression. And you can find it in a Democratic government too. People who are "right-minded," you know, are always with us. But I think so long as we can move along with the economy, we're all right. It's just if there's a smash, a crash — that's when I'm not at all optimistic about what's going to happen.

„To make an Army work you have to have every man in it fitted into a fear ladder…“

—  Norman Mailer
Context: To make an Army work you have to have every man in it fitted into a fear ladder… The Army functions best when you're frightened of the man above you, and contemptuous of your subordinates. Gen. Edward Cummings, in Pt. 1, Ch. 6

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

—  Norman Mailer
Context: 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. Ancient Evenings (1983) Last lines

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