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Norman Mailer

Data di nascita: 31. Gennaio 1923
Data di morte: 10. Novembre 2007

Norman Kingsley Mailer è stato uno scrittore statunitense, appartenente alla Beat Generation. Ha lavorato anche per il cinema, come attore e regista. Dai suoi libri sono state tratte svariate sceneggiature.

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Frasi Norman Mailer

„I fatti, signore, non sono niente senza le loro sfumature.“

—  Norman Mailer

da testimone al Chicago Conspiracy Trial, 1970
Origine: Citato in Charles Shaar Murray, Jimi Hendrix: una chitarra per il secolo (Grosstown Traffic: Jim Hendrix and post-war pop), traduzione di Massimo Cotto, Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore, Milano, 1992. ISBN 88-07-07025-1

„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, libro The Presidential Papers

Preface
The Presidential Papers (1963)
Contesto: 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.

„The sense of a long last night over civilization is back again.“

—  Norman Mailer

Introducing our Argument
Cannibals and Christians (1966)
Contesto: We are close to dead. There are faces and bodies like gorged maggots on the dance floor, on the highway, in the city, in the stadium; they are a host of chemical machines who swallow the product of chemical factories, aspirin, preservatives, stimulant, relaxant, and breathe out their chemical wastes into a polluted air. The sense of a long last night over civilization is back again.

„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)
Contesto: 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've got an agreeable, comfortable life here as Americans. But under it there's a huge, free-floating anxiety.“

—  Norman Mailer

TIME interview (1991)
Contesto: 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.

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

—  Norman Mailer

Ch. 5
The Man Who Studied Yoga (1956)
Contesto: 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!

„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
Contesto: 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.

„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, libro The Naked and the Dead

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

„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)
Contesto: 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)
Contesto: 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)
Contesto: 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)
Contesto: 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?

„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)
Contesto: 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."

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

—  Norman Mailer, libro Ancient Evenings

Ancient Evenings (1983) Last lines
Contesto: 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.

„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

Ch. 1
The Man Who Studied Yoga (1956)
Contesto: 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.

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