An American Dream: A Novel by Norman Mailer

By Norman Mailer

During this wild battering ram of a singular, which was once initially released to titanic controversy in 1965, Norman Mailer creates a personality who can be a fictional precursor of the philosopher-killer he could later profile within the Executioner's track. As Stephen Rojack, a embellished warfare hero and previous congressman who murders his spouse in a modern long island urban high-rise, runs amok in the course of the urban within which he was a privileged citizen, Mailer peels away the layers of our social norms to bare a global of natural urge for food and incessant cruelty. One half Nietzsche, one half de Sade, and one half Charlie Parker, An American Dream grabs the reader via the throat and refuses to permit pass.

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It was exactly this isolationist attitude that the only text featuring Hitler published between the invasion of Poland and Pearl Harbor criticized. 3 Its dystopian vision of a Nazi invasion of the United States in 1945 casts Hitler as a direct threat to the country and seeks to convince isolationists that neutrality will ultimately leave the country unprepared for a war that cannot be avoided and should rather be fought in Europe and Asia than on American soil. Lightning in the Night, which prophetically opens with a Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and ends equally prophetically in a nuclear stalemate (albeit between the United States and Nazi Germany), anticipates in many ways the officially orchestrated propaganda after Pearl Harbor.

This is particularly apparent in Sinclair’s World’s End Series. As historical novels set during the early 1940s, the parts written and published after the end of hostilities in Europe are still primarily concerned with the fight against Hitler. Yet, they also already address the emerging Cold War. While A World to Win (1946), still mostly written during the war, presents Stalin as a reliable ally, Presidential Mission (1947) and O Shepherd, Speak (1950) are already characterized by a much more critical perspective on the Soviets.

As Germany developed from enemy to ally, at least all official rhetorical insistence on the generic 40 The Epitome of Evil evil of Germans disappeared. In its stead, the concept of totalitarianism was rediscovered and quickly spread throughout the culture. The theory of totalitarianism not only explained why Germany was now an ally and the Soviet Union the enemy. The theory also held that Germans were not evil by nature but that the structures of fascist society imposed on them had produced behavior that could and should be called evil.

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