Pamela Loos, Harold Bloom's Norman Mailer (Bloom's Modern Critical Views) PDF

By Pamela Loos, Harold Bloom

This identify, Norman Mailer, a part of Chelsea condo Publishers’ smooth serious perspectives sequence, examines the key works of Norman Mailer via full-length serious essays by means of professional literary critics. additionally, this name contains a brief biography on Norman Mailer, a chronology of the author’s lifestyles, and an introductory essay written by means of Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the arts, Yale collage.

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The elder is telling the stories of his lives to the Pharaoh, who hopes by listening and interrogation to become more closely identified with his great ancestor Rameses II, while the younger, his greatgrandson then aged six, nestles between his mother, Hathfertiti (who is Menenhetet’s granddaughter and, for many years, his lover) and the Pharaoh (whom little Meni, using his powers of clairvoyance, knows to be his real father) while his reputed father (Hathfertiti’s brother as well as her husband and Overseer of the Cosmetic Box) sulks to one side before eventually absenting himself.

The Book of the Dead exists in many versions, some of which may go back thousands of years before the 190 covered in Mailer’s book (1290-1100 BCE). But they tend to tell the same stories concerning the gods and the afterlife, stories that center upon the death, mutilation, and resurrection of the god Osiris. Even as Osiris triumphed over death, so the Egyptians hoped to emulate him, and indeed to achieve a virtual identity with that king of eternity, who in his resurrection had taken on aspects of Ra, the sun god.

But Aquarius knows that this is weak magic, which finally has no more effect on the world than an earlier Provincetown ritual with the same import in which the image of a vagina with fluttering lips is superimposed on the TV screen and the image of the face of Richard Nixon, the political manifestation of the technological society and the robot man, as he speaks in the political version of computerese about the journey to the moon. In this attempt to instrument the romantic dream, love, or at least sexuality, replaces politics, the living organ the machine; but in the end it is only an illusion, for the substitution doesn’t hold in the real world.

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