Mailer Norman. The Naked and the Dead [PDF] - Все для студентаNorman Mailer was one of the most original and powerful writers of the twentieth century, but he never wrote a truly great novel. The power of deep-rooted experience, I suspect, would have given rise to a self-sustaining run of novels. Instead, he sacrificed his literary birthright for the pursuit of experiences that he considered literature-worthy, and he paid a high price to replace it. The grandson of a rabbi who struggled in business, the son of a picaresque bookkeeper and an adoring mother, he was a brilliant student and precocious writer. Did he hesitate to reveal stories about his parents? His father, a compulsive gambler, was often in debt, on the edge of legal trouble, and frequently unemployed.
Mailer Norman. The Naked and the Dead
Hailed as one of the finest novels to come out of the Second World War, The Naked and the Dead received unprecedented critical acclaim upon its publication and has since enjoyed a long and well-deserved tenure in the American canon. This fiftieth anniversary edition features a new introduction created especially for the occasion by Norman Mailer. Written in gritty, journalistic detail, the story follows a platoon of Marines who are stationed on the Japanese-held island of Anopopei. Composed in with the wisdom of a man twice Mailer's age and the raw courage of the young man he was, The Naked and the Dead is representative of the best in twentieth-century American writing. Now that fifty years have gone by since The Naked and the Dead was published in May , I think it might be interesting to talk about it as a best-seller that was the work of an amateur. Of course, as bestsellers go, it was a good book, and the author who began it at the age of twenty-three and completed it fifteen months later had already written more than a quarter of a million words in college and so could be considered a hard-working amateur who loved writing and was prepared in the way of a twenty-four-year-old to fall on his sword in the cause of literature. He hardly knew whether he should stand in the shadow of Tolstoy or was essentially without talent.
In the matter of The Naked and the Dead our duty as liberal and educated people is clear. If it comes to a showdown we stand by Norman Mailer.
Acclaimed as a successful expression of the futility of war, Norman Mailer's The Naked and the Dead follows the story of an army platoon of foot soldiers fighting for the possession of the Japanese-held island of Anopopei during World War II. Through its four parts, The Naked and the Dead addresses themes of loneliness, death of fear and dying, and brotherhood. The novel is written in gritty, journalistic detail. The Naked and the Dead sold , copies in its first three months and was a New York Times best seller for over a year. Despite some controversy among critics, the novel remains important in American literature. The novel was later adapted into a film of the same name in Bound in black cloth, first editions have the Rinehart logo, a script R in a circle, on the copyright page.
The Naked and the Dead is a novel by Norman Mailer. This novel was Mailer's first best seller, published when he was 25 years old; it was the first popular novel about World War II. In the Modern Library ranked The Naked and the Dead 51st on its list of the best English-language novels of the 20th century. The story takes place on Anopopei, a fictional island somewhere in the South Pacific. American forces are faced with a campaign to drive out the Japanese so that Americans can advance into the Philippines. The novel focuses on the experiences of one platoon.