The Executioner’s Song

The Executioner's Song Author Norman Mailer
ISBN-10 044658438X
ISBN-13 9780446584388
Year 2012-05-08
Pages 1136
Language English
Publisher Grand Central Publishing
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Norman Mailer s Pulitzer Prize winning and unforgettable classic about convicted killer Gary Gilmore now in a brand new edition Arguably the greatest book from America s most heroically ambitious writer THE EXECUTIONER S SONG follows the short blighted life of Gary Gilmore who became famous after he robbed two men in 1976 and killed them in cold blood After being tried and convicted he immediately insisted on being executed for his crime To do so he fought a system that seemed intent on keeping him alive long after it had sentenced him to death And that fight for the right to die is what made him famous Mailer tells not only Gilmore s story but those of the men and women caught in the web of his life and drawn into his procession toward the firing squad All with implacable authority steely compassion and a restraint that evokes the parched landscape and stern theology of Gilmore s Utah THE EXECUTIONER S SONG is a trip down the wrong side of the tracks to the deepest source of American loneliness and violence It is a towering achievement impossible to put down impossible to forget

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