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Iconic American novelist Norman Mailer turned 84 this week. That may be hard to believe for generations of Americans who came to know him as the hell-raising, to-the-ramparts literary giant of the American century.

From World War II to the heart of Vietnam and well beyond, in the years when the novel was culture’s king, here was a brave and brawling heavyweight contender for the title of Great American Novelist.

And at 84, do not think that his ambition has waned. His new novel, “The Castle in the Forest,” takes on nothing less than God, the Devil, and the origins of Adolf Hitler. And Mailer’s got plenty to say about you and your fellow citizens, too.

This hour On Point: the Devil, the furher, and a conversation with Norman Mailer.

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Norman Mailer, his new book is “Castle in the Forest.”

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