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The Executioner's Song
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Warner Books
Pages 1024
ISBN-13 9780446805582
ISBN-10 0446805580
Dimensions 4.20 by 6.90 by 1.70 in.
Weight 1.05 lbs.
Original list price $0.00
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product 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.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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