Re: RARA-AVIS: Question for Mr. Sallis

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 23 Feb 2004


You forgot to mention the unquestioned legacies of both Twain and Hemingway in the home-grown school.>>

I don't see a relation between Twain and Hemingway and the noir type of story, though The Sun Also Rises is a marvellous loser's story. I associate Twain, Hemingway and Hammett with the tough and colloquial style that we call hardboiled. As I write this, I feel uneasy because Twain wrote (tried to write) the way people spoke, whereas Hemingway's language sounds artificial. Well, maybe big-game hunters talk like that to each other...



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