One month after Thomas Pynchon's new novel hits stores, Norman Mailer will unleash his own new book, The Castle in the Forest, according to the New York Times. Mailer's novel, his first since 1997's The Gospel According to the Son, will "be told through a mysterious narrator and explore three generations of
Hitler’s family, including incestuous relationships and family
estrangements, while meditating on Hitler’s evil." (Galleycat has a lengthier synopsis, taken from Random House's catalog copy—which claims the book is "energetic and wildly entertaining." Incest in the Hitler family? Sure sounds wildly entertaining!) Not sure that tickles me too much, but I'll check it out. I've read Mailer's two most famous books, The Naked and the Dead and The Executioner's Song, and both rank among the best books I've ever read. Beyond that he's got a pretty hefty (in terms of volume and weight) back catalog, which I understand to be a mixed bag. Knowing that his books are so epic and (apparently) so spotty in terms of quality has kept me from picking up his others, though I toy with them every time I'm in a bookstore.
Between this and Pynchon's book, at the rate I read I should be set for the first half of 2006. No other authors need publish.
[via Conversational Reading]