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Why Are We in Vietnam?

A Novel

Norman Mailer

Paperback

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Compact Disc (11/8/2016)
Paperback (8/5/2000)
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Description

“It is impossible to walk away from this novel without being sharply reminded of the fact that Norman Mailer is a writer of extraordinary ability.”—Chicago Tribune

Featuring a new foreword by Mailer scholar Maggie McKinley

Published nearly twenty years after Norman Mailer’s fiction debut, The Naked and the Dead, this acclaimed novel further solidified the author’s stature as one of the most important figures in contemporary American literature. Ranald “D. J.” Jethroe, Texas’s most precocious teenager, recounts a brutal hunting trip he took to Alaska—in a story of fathers and sons, myth and masculinity, character and corruption. Both entertaining and profound, Why Are We in Vietnam? is an exceptional, timeless work awaiting discovery by a new generation of readers.

Praise for Why Are We in Vietnam?

“A book of great integrity. All the old qualities are here: Mailer’s remarkable feeling for the sensory event, the detail, ‘the way it was,’ his power and energy.”The New York Review of Books

“A tour de force, a treatise on human nature.”The Dallas Morning News

“A brilliant piece of writing.”—Newsweek

“Original, courageous, and provocative.”—The New York Times


Praise For Why Are We in Vietnam?: A Novel

“It is impossible to walk away from this novel without being sharply reminded of the fact that Norman Mailer is a writer of extraordinary ability.”Chicago Tribune
 
“A book of great integrity. All the old qualities are here: Mailer’s remarkable feeling for the sensory event, the detail, ‘the way it was,’ his power and energy.”The New York Review of Books
 
“A tour de force, a treatise on human nature.”The Dallas Morning News
 
“A brilliant piece of writing.”—Newsweek
 
“Original, courageous, and provocative.”—The New York Times

Random House Trade Paperbacks, 9780399591754, 208pp.

Publication Date: July 18, 2017



About the Author

Born in 1923 in Long Branch, New Jersey, and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Norman Mailer was one of the most influential writers of the second half of the twentieth century and a leading public intellectual for nearly sixty years. He is the author of more than thirty books. The Castle in the Forest, his last novel, was his eleventh New York Times bestseller. His first novel, The Naked and the Dead, has never gone out of print. His 1968 nonfiction narrative, The Armies of the Night, won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He won a second Pulitzer for The Executioner’s Song and is the only person to date to have won Pulitzers in both fiction and nonfiction. Five of his books were nominated for National Book Awards, and he won a lifetime achievement award from the National Book Foundation in 2005. Norman Mailer died in 2007 in New York City.