Winner of the 1980 Pulitzer PrizeIn what is arguably his greatest book, America's most heroically ambitious writer followsthe short, blighted career of Gary Gilmore, an intractably violent product of America'sprisons who became notorious for two ...
for two reasons: first, for robbing two men in 1976, thenkilling them in cold blood; and, second, after being tried and convicted, for insisting ondying for his crime. To do so, he had to fight a system that seemed paradoxically intent onkeeping 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 hisprocession toward the firing squad--with implacable authority, steely compassion, and arestraint that evokes the parched landscapes and stern theology of Gilmore's Utah. TheExecutioner's Song is a trip down the wrong side of the tracks to the deepest sources ofAmerican loneliness and violence. It is a towering achievement--impossible to put down, impossible to forget.