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US writer Norman Mailer, who died earlier this month, has been posthumously awarded this year's Bad Sex in Fiction prize.


Mailer, a giant of the American literary scene, won the more prestigious Pulitzer Prize twice during his lifetime, but award organisers said they felt he would have been pleased with the latest trophy.

“We are sure that he would have taken the prize in good humour,” the judges said.

They paid homage to Mailer, who died of kidney failure at the age of 84, as a great American man of letters and hailed his “innovative journalism, his combative spirit and his love of life”.

However, they could not resist awarding him the prize for a graphic episode in his novel The Castle in the Forest.

'Dreaded' prize

The winning passage, which leaves little to the imagination, begins: “So Klara turned head to foot and put her most unmentionable part down on his hard-breathing nose and mouth and took his old battering ram into her lips.”

The award most dreaded by authors was established in 1993 by the late Auberon Waugh when he was editor-in-chief of The Literary Review.

Previous winners have included US writer Tom Wolfe and British author Sebastian Faulks.

Mailer, renowned for his biting prose, penchant for controversy and larger-than-life personality, provoked and enraged readers with his acerbic views on US politics and the wars in Vietnam and Iraq.

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