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Tropical Iceberg

Steve Paul

in Key West Hemingway

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033556
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038353 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813033556.003.0009
Tropical Iceberg

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To Have and Have Not is the only novel Ernest Hemingway published in his lifetime that he set on American soil. Significantly, however, he explores the state of his native land through an extended contrast to a much different life on the island of Cuba. There Hemingway's characters are buffeted by violent political upheaval, while at home they are ravaged by bleak economic change. This chapter reconstructs the background of the Cuban revolution against President Gerardo Machado in the 1930s to demonstrate how the novel's fourth, uncompleted section could have unified the fragmented narrative.

Keywords: 1930s; Cuban revolution; Gerardo Machado; politics; Ernest Hemingway

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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