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Norman Mailer

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

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Norman Kingsley Mailer war ein US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller.

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

—  Norman Mailer
Zugeschrieben, 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."

„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."

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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

„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
The Presidential Papers (1963), 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, The Naked and the Dead
The Naked and the Dead (1948), 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)

„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, The Naked and the Dead
The Naked and the Dead (1948), 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

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

—  Norman Mailer, The Naked and the Dead
The Naked and the Dead (1948), 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've got an agreeable, comfortable life here as Americans. But under it there's a huge, free-floating anxiety.“

—  Norman Mailer
TIME interview (1991), Context: We've got an agreeable, comfortable life here as Americans. But under it there's a huge, free-floating anxiety. Our inner lives, our inner landscape is just like that sky out there — it's full of smog. We really don't know what we believe anymore, we're nervous about everything.

„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), 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.

„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), 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.

„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), Context: 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."

„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
The Man Who Studied Yoga (1956), 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, Ancient Evenings
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

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