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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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Review By Prof. Dr. Jerneja Petrič The monograph Literary Tourism: The Case of Norman Mailer, Mailer’s Life and Legacy, by the Slovene scholar Jasna Potočnik Topler delivers on its promise. It abounds in significant historical detail on Mailer and presents a number of important facts, many of which offer new perspectives on the legendary author. Whereas the facts are based on numerous references, Potočnik Topler’s complex and thorough analysis, as well as her interpreta- tions, offer a valuable insight into Mailer’s life and sheds light upon some of Mailer’s most important works and their reception in Europe. His reception in the Balkans, and a chapter on his role in literary tourism represent a most valuable addition to existing Mailer scholarship. The monograph places a special emphasis on Mailer’s works belonging to the genre of literary journalism where the role of the reader is crucial. Reading Mailer’s work engages the reader in the same way this present monograph engages its reader, especially when discussing the impact of Mailer’s work in the United States of America and in Europe. Mailer’s official biographer J. Michael Lennon titled his 2013 biography Norman Mailer: A Double Life, which inspired Potočnik Topler to title one of the chapters in her monograph “The Lives of Norman Mailer,” who seems to have had a very rich life being a controversial literary and social figure, one of the most remarkable ones on the American cultural scene. The section of Potočnik Topler’s monograph dealing with the...

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