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Norman Mailer

Data urodzenia: 31. Styczeń 1923
Data zgonu: 10. Listopad 2007

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Norman Kingsley Mailer, właśc. Nachum Molech Mailer – amerykański powieściopisarz, eseista, dziennikarz, scenarzysta i reżyser filmowy, dwukrotny laureat Nagrody Pulitzera.

W swoich utworach często podejmował aktualną problematykę , krytykował współczesne amerykańskie społeczeństwo i jego obyczaje.

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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

„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.

„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

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„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

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

— Norman Mailer
Context: 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.

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

— Norman Mailer
Context: 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? Introducing our Argument

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

— Norman Mailer
Context: 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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