A Canary for One, by Ernest Hemingway

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This story has always seemed to me like a textbook example of Ernest Hemingway’s “iceberg theory” of literature. Hemingway described his approach to writing as follows in his book Death in the Afternoon:

If a writer of prose knows enough of what he is writing about he may omit things that he knows and the reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writer had stated them. The dignity of movement of an ice-berg is due to only one-eighth of it being above water. A writer who omits things because he does not know them only makes hollow places in his writing.

You can hear my reading of this story from last March in German translation here:

A Canary for One, by Ernest Hemingway {12:12}

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