Re: RARA-AVIS: Hardboiled and Marxism

From: Dave Zeltserman (
Date: 08 Sep 2006

Mr. T:

I agree with John's take--Thompson definitely too an absurdist view of the world as strongly evidenced by "This Wold, then the Fireworks" and "Pop. 1280". You can also see a pro union slant from "Killer Inside Me" and some real anger/sadness over the McCarthy communist witch hunt in "Swell-Looking Babe", and additional liberal leanings in a number of other books, probably most evident in "The Criminal". Now if anyone can figure out Dan Marlowe's world view from his novel, I'll be impressed!


--- In, John Williams <johnwilliams@...> wrote:
> Jacques Debierue wrote: <>
> Speaking of views, does anyone here have any idea what Jim
> worldviews were? I find him very hard to figure out, the hardest
of all
> noir writers. He seems to defy analysis.
> __
> Lapsed Marxist maybe, with a dash of the Himes/Willeford
> take on the world as essentially absurd?
> John

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