The Armies of the Night: History as a Novel, the Novel as History

The Armies of the Night: History as a Novel, the Novel as History

Norman Mailer


one of many first examples of "new journalism" daringly combines reportage with a novelistic kind and garnered Mailer his first Pulitzer Prize and a countrywide publication Award.

Armies of the Night facilities at the March at the Pentagon, the main well-known anti-Vietnam conflict rally in Washington DC, and the characters that occupy this opposition––the intellectuals, scholars, African american citizens, liberals, and marching girls. Mailer, a novelist-as-character, sculpts this impressionably fragile international of the Left as opposed to Authority and Peace as opposed to battle, prodding on the Vietnam generation’s private anxieties.
 
In an analogous approach Truman Capote's In chilly Blood brought the "non-fiction novel,"  Armies of the Night renders this type, with turns old and fictional.

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