On Sale: April 28, 1998
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Winner of the 1980 Pulitzer Prize
In what is
arguably his greatest book, America's most heroically
ambitious writer follows
the short, blighted career of
Gary Gilmore, an intractably violent product of
prisons who became notorious for two reasons:
first, for robbing two men in 1976, then
killing them in
cold blood; and, second, after being tried and convicted,
for insisting on
dying for his crime. To do so, he had to
fight a system that seemed paradoxically intent
keeping him alive long after it had sentenced him to
Norman Mailer tells Gilmore's story--and those
of the men and women caught up in his
the firing squad--with implacable authority, steely
compassion, and a
restraint that evokes the parched
landscapes and stern theology of Gilmore's Utah.
Executioner's Song is a trip down the wrong
side of the tracks to the deepest sources of
loneliness and violence. It is a towering
achievement--impossible to put down, impossible to forget.
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