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Norman Mailer

Geburtstag: 31. Januar 1923
Todesdatum: 10. November 2007

Norman Kingsley Mailer war ein US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller.

Photo: Carl Van Vechten / Public domain

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„Es ist eine Sache, wenn man eine gewaltige Explosion hört. Aber es ist etwas ganz anderes, wenn man kurze Zeit später feststellt, dass man davon taub geworden ist.“

—  Norman Mailer

Why are we at war? Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2003. p. 10, deutsch in: Heiliger Krieg - Amerikas Kreuzzug. Aus dem Englischen von Willi Winkler. Rowohlt Verlag, Reinbek 2003, zitiert in zeit.de http://www.zeit.de/2003/22/P-Mailer
Original engl.: "It is one thing to hear a mighty explosion. It is another to recognize some time after the event that one has been deafened by it."

„Seit meinem zehnten Lebensjahr bin ich besessen von Adolf Hitler.“

—  Norman Mailer

auf Fragen von Karin Davison. Übersetzung und Dramatisierung des Interviews: Wieland Freund. welt.de http://www.welt.de/print-welt/article711456/Norman_Mailer_Sex-Szenen_muessen_rau_sein.html 27. Jan. 2007

„Was uns Teufeln das Überleben sichert, ist, wir sind weise genug um zu verstehen, dass es keine Antworten, nur Fragen gibt.“

—  Norman Mailer

The Castle In The Forest", Random House 2007. Zitiert in der Rezension von themonthly.com.au http://www.themonthly.com.au/books-inga-clendinnen-lost-woods-norman-mailer-s-039the-castle-forest039-491, dradio.de http://www.dradio.de/dkultur/sendungen/kritik/600339/
Original engl.: "What enables devils to survive is that we are wise enough to understand there are no answers - there are only questions."

„Was man heute als Science Fiction beginnt, wird man morgen vielleicht als Reportage zu Ende schreiben müssen.“

—  Norman Mailer

zitiert in pletschette.net http://www.pletschette.net/Expo2000-Planet-of-Vision.htm als »Zitat der Ausstellung "Planet of Visions" und "Das 21. Jahrhundert"« auf der EXPO 2000 in Hannover
Original engl.: "What starts out as science fiction today may wind up being finished tomorrow as a report."
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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, buch The Presidential Papers

Preface
The Presidential Papers (1963)
Kontext: 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.

„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, buch The Naked and the Dead

Gen. Edward Cummings, in Pt. 1, Ch. 3
The Naked and the Dead (1948)
Kontext: 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.

„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, buch The Naked and the Dead

Mailer's Introduction to the 50th Anniversary Edition (1998)
The Naked and the Dead (1948)
Kontext: 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 …

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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

Quelle: The Man Who Studied Yoga (1956), Ch. 1
Kontext: 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.

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

—  Norman Mailer

Superman Comes to the Supermarket (1960)
Kontext: 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

Interview in Writers at Work Third Series (1967) edited by George Plimpton
Kontext: 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.

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

—  Norman Mailer

Quelle: The Man Who Studied Yoga (1956), Ch. 5
Kontext: 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!

„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

TIME interview (1991)
Kontext: 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, buch The Naked and the Dead

Gen. Edward Cummings, in Pt. 1, Ch. 6
The Naked and the Dead (1948)
Kontext: 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.

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

—  Norman Mailer, buch Ancient Evenings

Ancient Evenings (1983) Last lines
Kontext: 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.

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

—  Norman Mailer

Superman Comes to the Supermarket (1960)
Kontext: 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.

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