- “A Moby-Dick of space… the gift of a genius.”
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Norman Mailer. MoonFire. The Epic Journey of Apollo 11Hardcover, 5.5 x 7.7 in., 2.23 lb, 616 pages25Availability: In Stock
Norman Mailer. MoonFire. The Epic Journey of Apollo 1125
And the moon came nearer
Journey back to July 20, 1969
Nobody captured the men, the mood, and the machinery like Norman Mailer, hired by LIFE magazine to cover the mission in a dazzling reportage he later enhanced into the brilliantly crafted book, Of a Fire on the Moon.
Rediscover this epoch-making event with TASCHEN’s adaptation of Mailer’s account, now in our popular Reader's Edition so you can really curl up and travel not just back in time, but into outer space. The text is accompanied by hundreds of photographs from the NASA vaults, the archives of LIFE, and other leading magazines of the day, documenting the development of the agency and the mission, life inside the command module and on the moon’s surface, as well as the world’s jubilant reaction to the landing.
Captions by leading Apollo 11 experts explain the history and science behind the images, citing the mission log, publications of the day, and postflight astronaut interviews, while an evocative introduction by Colum McCann celebrates Mailer’s incomparable skill at transforming “the science of space...the weight of history...the breadth of mythology” into prose.
Norman Mailer (1923–2007) was one of the 20th century’s greatest and most influential writers, as well as one of America’s most renowned and controversial literary figures. The best-selling author of a dozen novels and 20 works of nonfiction, he also wrote stage plays, screenplays, television miniseries, hundreds of essays, two books of poetry, and a collection of short stories. A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, he lived in Brooklyn, New York, and Provincetown, Massachusetts.
The contributing author
Colum McCann is the author of eight books, including Let the Great World Spin. He has written for The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, GQ, The Times (London), The Irish Times, and La República.
Norman Mailer. MoonFire. The Epic Journey of Apollo 11Hardcover, 14 x 19.5 cm, 1.01 kg, 616 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-5621-7Edition: French
ISBN 978-3-8365-5622-4Edition: English