An American Dream
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Date: August 2016
Duration: 9 hours 44 minutes
In this wild battering ram of a novel, which was originally published to vast controversy in 1965, Norman Mailer creates a character who might be a fictional precursor of the philosopher-killer he would later profile in The Executioner's Song. As Stephen Rojack, a decorated war hero and former congressman who murders his wife in a fashionable New York City high-rise, runs amok through the city in which he was once a privileged citizen, Mailer peels away the layers of our social norms to reveal a world of pure appetite and relentless cruelty. One part Nietzsche, one part Sade, and one part Charlie Parker, An American Dream grabs the reader by the throat and refuses to let go.
"A devil's encyclopedia of our secret visions and desires...the expression of a devastatingly alive and original creative mind." -Life
"A work of fierce concentration...perfectly, and often brilliantly, realistic [with] a pattern of remarkable imaginative coherence and intensity." -Harper's
"At once violent, educated, and cool.... This is our history as Hawthorne might have written it." -Commentary