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Authorial self-reference at work

In the first of Dan Simmons' extremely hard-boiled private eye novels, Hardcase, his main character Joe Kurtz has obviously just read The Crook Factory, which happens to be a certain Dan Simmons' secret-history espionage novel about Hemingway's life in Cuba in the early days of the Second World War...

Both excellent books, as is usual with Simmons' work...


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Jan. 20th, 2004 01:35 am (UTC)
I wonder if using the word 'Kurtz' signifies anything. He is the 'Hollow sham' at the Heart of Darkness in Conrad's novel of that name, thus also 'Apocalypse Now'. There is also a Kurtz in 'The Third Man', another film where nobody is what they seem to be.

"The Swiss have had peace, brotherly love and democracy for five hundred years. And what have they produced? The cuckoo clock. So long, Holly."
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