Re: RARA-AVIS: Marxism and Hardboiled?

Date: 03 Sep 2006

Isn't Hammett considered a Marxist and Red Harvest a Marxist work?
  I guess if you accept it is politically Marxist it's an acknowledged success
 as a hardboiled novel.
  I don't see any problem with the broad themes of Marxism in hardboiled - in fact, I would think most Marxists would enjoy the view of capitalist society t hat the genre (generally) promulgates - corruption, crime etc.
  I can't really think of a work that actually and nakedly promoted Marxism as a political theory but materialism, a determinist view of history and the idea of conflict in the dialectic can all sit nicely within the genre.
  I may be answering the wrong question here, so please ignore me if I have.
  Comradely greetings to you all,

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