"Big Two-Hearted River" is a two-part short story written by American
author Ernest Hemingway (pictured), published in the 1925 Boni &
Liveright edition of In Our Time, the first American volume of
Hemingway's short stories. It features a single protagonist, Hemingway's
recurrent autobiographical character Nick Adams, whose speaking voice is
heard just twice. The story explores the destructive qualities of war
which is countered by the healing and regenerative powers of nature.
When published, critics praised Hemingway's sparse writing style and it
became an important work in his canon. The story is one of Hemingway's
earliest to employ his iceberg theory of writing; a modernist approach
to prose in which the underlying meaning is hinted at, rather than
explicitly stated. "Big Two-Hearted River" is almost exclusively
descriptive and intentionally devoid of plot. Hemingway was influenced
by the visual innovations of Cézanne's paintings and adapted the
painter's idea of presenting background minutiae in lower focus than the
main image. In this story, the small details of a fishing trip are
explored in great depth, while the landscape setting, and most obviously
the swamp, are given cursory attention.
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Texas Revolution: Mexican President Antonio López de Santa
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Nikita Khrushchev became Premier of the Soviet Union following
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incursion into the West Bank, two days later.
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It has become extremely questionable whether, in the flux of
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intellectual task perhaps to learn to think dynamically and relationally
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virtue out of a defense mechanism which insures him against questioning
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