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Vonnegut and Hemingway: Writers at War
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of South Carolina Pr
Publication date September 28, 2011
Pages 246
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781611170351
ISBN-10 1611170354
Dimensions 1 by 6.25 by 9.50 in.
Weight 1.10 lbs.
Original list price $39.95
Other format details university press
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: In this original comparative study of Kurt Vonnegut and Ernest Hemingway, Lawrence R. Broer maps the striking intersections of biography and artistry in works by both writers, and he compares the ways in which they blend life and art.
Broer views Hemingway as the "secret sharer" of Vonnegut's literary imagination and argues that the two writers--while traditionally considered as adversaries because of Vonnegut's rejection of Hemingway's emblematic hypermasculinism--inevitably address similar deterministic wounds in their fiction: childhood traumas, family insanity, deforming wartime experiences, and depression. Rooting his discussion in these psychological commonalities between Vonnegut and Hemingway, Broer traces their personal and artistic paths by pairing sets of works and protagonists in ways that show the two writers not only addressing similar concerns, but developing a response that in the end establishes an underlying kinship when it comes to the fate of the American hero of the twentieth century.
Broer sees Vonnegut and Hemingway as fundamentally at war--with themselves, with one another's artistic visions, and with the idea of war itself. Against this onslaught, he asserts, they wrote as a mode of therapy and achieved literary greatness through combative opposition to the shadows that loomed so large around them.

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