In this wild battering ram of a novel, which was originally published to vast controversy in 1965, Norman Mailer creates a character who might be a fictional precursor of the philosopher-killer he would later profile in The Executioner´s Song. As Stephen Rojack, a decorated war hero and former congressman who murders his wife in a fashionable New York City high-rise, runs amok through the city in which he was once a privileged citizen, Mailer peels away the layers of our social norms to reveal a world of pure appetite and relentless cruelty. One part Nietzsche, one part de Sade, and one part Charlie Parker, An American Dream grabs the reader by the throat and refuses to let go. Praise for An American Dream ´´Perhaps the only serious New York novel since The Great Gatsby.´´-Joan Didion, National Review ´´A devil´s encyclopedia of our secret visions and desires . . . the expression of a devastatingly alive and original creative mind.´´-Life ´´A work of fierce concentration . . . perfectly, and often brilliantly, realistic [with] a pattern of remarkable imaginative coherence and intensity.´´-Harper´s ´´At once violent, educated, and cool . . . This is our history as Hawthorne might have written it.´´-Commentary Praise for Norman Mailer ´´[Norman Mailer] loomed over American letters longer and larger than any other writer of his generation.´´-The New York Times ´´A writer of the greatest and most reckless talent.´´-The New Yorker ´´Mailer is indispensable, an American treasure.´´-The Washington Post ´´A devastatingly alive and original creative mind.´´-Life ´´Mailer is fierce, courageous, and reckless and nearly everything he writes has sections of headlong brilliance.´´-The New York Review of Books ´´The largest mind and imagination [in modern] American literature . . . Unlike just about every American writer since Henry James, Mailer has managed to grow and become richer in wisdom with each new book.´´-Chicago Tribune ´´Mailer is a master of his craft. His language carries you through the story like a leaf on a stream.´´-The Cincinnati Post
Is evil something you are? Or is it something you do? Patrick Bateman has it all: good looks, youth, charm, a job on Wall Street, reservations at every new restaurant in town and a line of girls around the block. He is also a psychopath. A man addicted to his superficial, perfect life, he pulls us into a dark underworld where the American Dream becomes a nightmare . . . American Psycho is one of the most controversial and talked-about novels of all time. A multimillion-copy bestseller hailed as a modern classic, it is a violent black comedy about the darkest side of human nature. ´A seminal book´ Fay Weldon, Washington Post ´Serious, clever and shatteringly effective . . . For its savagely coherent picture of a society lethally addicted to blandness, it should be judged by the highest standards´ Sunday Times ´The first novel to come along in years that takes on deep and Dostoyevskian themes . . . Ellis is showing older authors where the hands have come to on the clock´ Norman Mailer, Vanity Fair
This is a reissue of a modern classic. This book catapulted Norman Mailer to fame on its first publication in 1948. ´The best war novel to come out of the United States.´ - ´´The Times´´. This is Norman Mailer´s first novel. It is the book that catapulted him to instant fame. A modern classic, on every American Literature student´s reading list. Based on Mailer´s own experience of military service in the Philippines during World War Two, ´´The Naked and the Dead´´ is a graphically truthful and shattering portrayal of ordinary men in battle. First published in 1949, as America was still basking in the glories of the Allied victory, it altered forever the popular perception of warfare.
Norman Mailer peers into the recesses and buried virtues of the modern American male in a brilliant crime novel that transcends genre. When Tim Madden, an unsuccessful writer living on Cape Cod, awakes with a gruesome hangover, a painful tattoo on his upper arm, and a severed female head in his marijuana stash, he has almost no memory of the night before. As he reconstructs the missing hours, Madden runs afoul of retired prizefighters, sex addicts, mediums, former cons, a world-weary ex-girlfriend, and his own father, old now but still a Herculean figure. Stunningly conceived and vividly composed, Tough Guys Don´t Dance represents Mailer at the peak of his powers. Praise for Tough Guys Don´t Dance ´´Spectacular . . . [Norman Mailer] makes every word count, like a master knife thrower zinging stilettos in a circle around your head.´´-People ´´As brash, brooding and ultimately mesmerizing as the author himself . . . [Mailer strikes a] dazzling balance between humor and horror.´´-New York Daily News ´´A first-rate page-turner of a murder mystery . . . full of great characters, littered with dead bodies and replete with plausible suspects.´´-Chicago Tribune ´´[Tough Guys Don´t Dance] has that charming Mailer bravado.´´-The New York Times Praise for Norman Mailer ´´[Norman Mailer] loomed over American letters longer and larger than any other writer of his generation.´´-The New York Times ´´A writer of the greatest and most reckless talent.´´-The New Yorker ´´Mailer is indispensable, an American treasure.´´-The Washington Post ´´A devastatingly alive and original creative mind.´´-Life ´´Mailer is fierce, courageous, and reckless and nearly everything he writes has sections of headlong brilliance.´´-The New York Review of Books ´´The largest mind and imagination [in modern] American literature . . . Unlike just about every American writer since Henry James, Mailer has managed to grow and become richer in wisdom with each new book.´´-Chicago Tribune ´´Mailer is a master of his craft. His language carries you through the story like a leaf on a stream.´´-The Cincinnati Post From the Paperback edition.
One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2009-- now adapted into the feature film Certain Women, starring Kristen Stewart-- award-winning writer Maile Meloy´s short stories explore complex lives in an austere landscape with the clear-sightedness that first endeared her to readers. Don´t miss her new novel, Do Not Become Alarmed. Meloy´s first return to short stories since her critically acclaimed debut, Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It is an extraordinary new work from one of the most promising writers of the last decade. Eleven unforgettable new stories demonstrate the emotional power and the clean, assured style that have earned Meloy praise from critics and devotion from readers. Propelled by a terrific instinct for storytelling, and concerned with the convolutions of modern love and the importance of place, this collection is about the battlefields-and fields of victory-that exist in seemingly harmless spaces, in kitchens and living rooms and cars. Set mostly in the American West, the stories feature small-town lawyers, ranchers, doctors, parents, and children, and explore the moral quandaries of love, family, and friendship. A ranch hand falls for a recent law school graduate who appears unexpectedly- and reluctantly-in his remote Montana town. A young father opens his door to find his dead grandmother standing on the front step. Two women weigh love and betrayal during an early snow. Throughout the book, Meloy examines the tensions between having and wanting, as her characters try to keep hold of opposing forces in their lives: innocence and experience, risk and stability, fidelity and desire. Knowing, sly, and bittersweet, Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It confirms Maile Meloy´s singular literary talent. Her lean, controlled prose, full of insight and unexpected poignancy, is the perfect complement to her powerfully moving storytelling.
Hailed as one of the finest novels to come out of the World War II, ´´The Naked and the Dead´´ received unprecedented critical acclaim upon its 1948 publication and has since become part since become part of the American canon. Written in gritty, journalistic detail, the story follows an Army platoon stationed on the Japanese-held island of Anopopei.
A humorous and fast-paced debut novel, it follows a Chinese American family who lose everything, only to find themselves. ´...A sassy, riches to rags story that skewers contemporary America in the most entertaining way´ ´´Daily Mail´´
Now hailed as an American classic, Tropic of Cancer , Henry Miller´s masterpiece, was banned as obscene in this country for twenty-seven years after its first publication in Paris in 1934. Only a historic court ruling that changed American censorship standards, ushering in a new era of freedom and frankness in modern literature, permitted the publication of this first volume of Miller´s famed mixture of memoir and fiction, which chronicles with unapologetic gusto the bawdy adventures of a young expatriate writer, his friends, and the characters they meet in Paris in the 1930s. Tropic of Cancer is now considered, as Norman Mailer said, one of the ten or twenty great novels of our century.´´