Book cover from The Naked and the Dead: 50th Anniversary Edition by Norman Mailer
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The Naked and the Dead: 50th Anniversary Edition

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Author(s): Norman Mailer
Format: Book › Paperback all formats
Edition: Anniversary
Published: 08-05-2000
ISBN: 0312265050
Pages: 736
Publisher: Picador
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Norman Mailer is an American writer (1923-2007) who wrote his debut novel in 1948 with The Naked and the Dead, a few years after the end of World War II. The book is based on the author's own experiences during his military service in the Philippines during World War II. In the war novel, we follow the experiences of a battalion of young American soldiers during the battle on the island of Anopopei, occupied by the Japanese. The emphasis in the book is not on the fighting, but on the friendships that are formed between men in the most difficult of circumstances.

Norman Mailer has won the Pullitzer price for his famous novel The Executioner's Song.

Book description

Hailed as one of the finest novels to come out of the Second World War, The Naked and the Dead received unprecedented critical acclaim upon its publication and has since become part of the American canon. This fiftieth anniversary edition features a new introduction created especially for the occasion by Norman Mailer.

Written in gritty, journalistic detail, the story follows an army platoon of foot soldiers who are fighting for the possession of the Japanese-held island of Anopopei. Composed in 1948, The Naked and the Dead is representative of the best in twentieth-century American writing.

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