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Literary Tourism

The Case of Norman Mailer – Mailer’s Life and Legacy

Jasna Potočnik Topler

Most of Norman Mailer’s works depict the reality of the United States of America and the complexities of the contemporary American social, political and economic scenes. They also contributed to the development of literary tourism. This monograph reveals Mailer’s literary places and points out the areas of social and political contemporary life that he most often referred to in the following works: The Naked and the Dead, An American Dream, Why Are We in Vietnam?, The Armies of the Night, Miami and the Siege of Chicago, Of a Fire on the Moon, The Executioner's Song and Why Are We at War?


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Norman Mailer is a twentieth-century author who had a profound impact on American literature and politics throughout the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Mailer reached a global audience, and his works still continue to be read around the world. This monograph provides an exten- sive outline of the writings of Norman (Kingsley) Mailer, which brings up new questions and answers. It is expected that Mailer will remain relevant in future intercultural dialogues, academic discourses and translation stud- ies, and especially in American and world literatures modules, particularly given the fact that many of the themes he wrote about during his career are still relevant today (freedom, democracy, critical debate, relationships, and many more). Norman Mailer is not only a literary genius, he is one of the prominent American authors of the twentieth and twenty-first cen- turies. He remains one of the most controversial writers in the history of American literature, an American literary outlaw, and one of the most popular public intellectuals, who left his mark wherever he was – from Brooklyn to Provincetown.

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