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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

„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)

„A hero can capture the secret imagination of a people, and so be good for the vitality of his nation;“

— Norman Mailer
Context: A hero can capture the secret imagination of a people, and so be good for the vitality of his nation; a hero embodies the fantasy and so allows each private mind the liberty to consider its fantasy and find a way to grow. Each mind can become more conscious of its desire and waste less strength in hiding from itself.

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„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

„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
Context: 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 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

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