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Title

The Bittersweet Taste of Absinthe in Hemingway’s "Hills Like White Elephants"

Author

Doris Lanier

Document Type

Article

Citation

Lanier, Doris. “The Bittersweet Taste of Absinthe in Hemingway’s ‘Hills Like White Elephants.’” Studies in Short Fiction 26 (Summer 1989): 279-88.

Annotation

Explores the simile that “Everything tastes...like absinthe,” comparing this device with other representative images to show the “connotative and symbolic value of absinthe in the story.” Explains absinthe’s addictive, destructive, and hallucinatory qualities that mirror the couple's relationship. Proposes that Hemingway may have intended this story to correspond with Picasso’s “The Absinthe Drinker.”

Published in

Studies in Short Fiction

Volume

26

Date

Summer 1989

Pages

279-288

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