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Norman Mailer

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

Norman Kingsley Mailer war ein US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller.

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„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

„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."

„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.

„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.

„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.

„Crude thoughts and fierce forces are my state.“

—  Norman Mailer, buch Ancient Evenings

Ancient Evenings (1983) First lines
Kontext: 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.

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

—  Norman Mailer

Superman Comes to the Supermarket (1960)
Kontext: 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.

„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.

„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.

„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)
Kontext: 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."

„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)
Kontext: 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 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)
Kontext: 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 had a great many prejudices that have since dissolved.“

—  Norman Mailer

TIME interview (1991)
Kontext: 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.

„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)
Kontext: 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?

„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.

„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.

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