The Executioner's Song


Publisher: Random House USA Inc


Language: English | Number of Pages: 1056 | Format: Paperback

Isbn-10: 0375700811 | Isbn-13: 9780375700811 | Publish date:  | Edition 1st Vintage International ed

Also available as: Hardcover , Audio Cassette , School & Library Binding , Softcover and Stapled , Others , eBook

Category: Crime

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Book Description
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 America's
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 on
keeping him alive long after it had sentenced him to death.

Norman Mailer tells Gilmore's story--and those of the men and women caught up in his
procession toward the firing squad--with implacable authority, steely compassion, and a
restraint that evokes the parched landscapes and stern theology of Gilmore's Utah. The
Executioner's Song
is a trip down the wrong side of the tracks to the deepest sources of
American loneliness and violence. It is a towering achievement--impossible to put down, impossible to forget.
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