By Norman Mailer
With unheard of scope and consummate ability, Norman Mailer unfolds a wealthy and riveting epic of an American undercover agent. Harry Hubbard is the son and godson of CIA legends. His trip to profit the secrets and techniques of his society—and his personal past—takes him throughout the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile predicament, and the “momentous disaster” of the Kennedy assassination. all of the whereas, Hubbard is haunted through ladies who have been enjoyed through either his godfather and President Kennedy. that includes a tapestry of unforgettable characters either actual and imagined, Harlot’s Ghost is a breathtaking fulfillment within the culture of Tolstoy, Melville, and Balzac, a triumph of Mailer’s literary prowess.
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“[Norman Mailer is] the suitable guy to exalt the historical past of the CIA into anything higher than history.”—Anthony Burgess, The Washington publish ebook World
“Elegantly written and full of nearly electrical pressure . . . whilst I back from the area of Harlot’s Ghost to the current i needed to be enveloped back by means of Mailer’s imagination.”—Robert Wilson, USA Today
“Immense, interesting, and largely brilliant.”—Salman Rushdie, The self reliant on Sunday
“A towering production . . . a fiction as genuine and as attainable as real history.”—The long island Times
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“[Norman Mailer] loomed over American letters longer and bigger than the other author of his generation.”—The long island Times
“A author of the best and so much reckless talent.”—The New Yorker
“Mailer is crucial, an American treasure.”—The Washington Post
“A devastatingly alive and unique artistic mind.”—Life
“Mailer is fierce, brave, and reckless and approximately every thing he writes has sections of headlong brilliance.”—The ny evaluate of Books
“The greatest brain and mind's eye [in glossy] American literature . . . in contrast to with regards to each American author due to the fact Henry James, Mailer has controlled to develop and turn into richer in knowledge with each one new book.”—Chicago Tribune
“Mailer is a grasp of his craft. His language consists of you thru the tale like a leaf on a stream.”—The Cincinnati Post
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