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Title

The Ambiguity of "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place"

Author

David Kerner

Document Type

Article

Citation

Kerner, David. “The Ambiguity of ‘A Clean, Well-Lighted Place.’” Studies in Short Fiction 29, no. 4 (1992): 561-74.

Annotation

Argues the importance of determining which lines the old waiter speaks to correctly understand the different psychology of the characters and their views on death. Drawing on manuscripts, Kerner argues that the dialogue’s ambiguity reflects a nihilistic struggle between “two nadas”—an internal, individual nothingness and an external, universal nothingness—from which “a clean, well-lighted place” serves as a temporary refuge.

Published in

Studies in Short Fiction

Volume

29

Issue

4

Date

1992

Pages

561-574

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