By Rebecca Cantrell, Book1)
Even if hardened crime reporter Hannah Vogel is familiar with all too good how tricky it truly is to outlive in 1931 Berlin, she is devastated while she sees a photo of her brother's physique published within the corridor of the Unnamed useless. Ernst, a cross-dressing living room singer at a seedy nightclub, had many secrets and techniques, a endless record of fanatics, and lots of possibilities to get into trouble.
Hannah delves into the city's darkish underbelly to flush out his assassin, however the past due evening arrival of a five-year-old orphan on her doorstep complicates issues. The endearing Anton claims that Hannah is his mother… and that her useless brother Ernst is his father.
As her investigations into Ernst's homicide and Anton's parentage discover political intrigue and intercourse scandals within the most sensible ranks of the emerging Nazi occasion, Hannah fears not just for her personal existence, yet for that of a small boy who has come to name her "mother."
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In "The Gioconda of the Twilight Noon"30 Ballard recasts the Oedipus myth as a parable of the struggle between the ego and the The Dimension of the Disaster 33 unconscious, employing again the motif of an irresistible attraction that ultimately overthrows the conscious mind. Ballard's revised, updated version of the myth reverses the significance of the self-inflicted blindness of the hero from that of representing an act of self-punishment, of despair and defeat, to that of representing an act of liberation.
When finally the ancient waters reach his house and he at last reaches the woman on her promontory, he falls to his death in time past. "The Reptile Enclosure" modifies and extends the motif of the foregoing story with, in this instance, an immense congregation of bathers at an overcrowded beach suddenly and compulsively entering the sea to drown themselves en masse like lemmings. Common to both stories is the image of the sea as a metaphor for the unconscious, and the depiction of the irresistible attraction that it exerts upon the human mind.
In the course of the story Shepley undergoes a metamorphosis, we may even say a spiritual resurrection. From being self-destructive, brooding, and morose (a potential Traxel), he becomes reverently aware of and dedicated to higher purposes in life. His calm acceptance of his punishment—indeed, his insistence upon it— when he is caught by the time-wardens at the end of the story bespeaks a new commitment to values beyond those of ego. When questioned by the time-wardens concerning the looted tapes, he dismisses the tapes as being "just the persona...
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