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Now he had it. If he affected a portamento, he might avoid the nightmare while holding on to the nocturne, but then . . .
With no formal musical training behind me, I found that one of the hardest things I had to learn for this novel was the different musical terms. I wanted words that readers like me wouldn't have to search for, but that would resonate with readers who did have a background in music. Balance and rhythm are two of the most difficult measures to achieve.
Federico García Lorca’s name on the
This nod to Lorca serves two purposes: 1) I get to tell the reader something about Suero'ss parentage, and 2) I drop Lorca's name to give the reader an indication as to Suero's loyalties. Lorca was a member of the Generation of '27--a group of artists that introduced symbolism, futurism, and surrealism into Spanish literature--and a staunch defender of Spain's Second Republic. He was so hated by the Nationalists, they assassinated him on 19 August 1936. As of 12 March 2019, his body has not been found.
of a mortal occultist”—Guillermo dug through the files to retrieve a bulkier folder—“who calls himself Jörg Lanz von Liebenfels.”
His real name was Adolf Josef Lanz. In 1893, he entered the Cistercian order as a monk and took the name Georg. In 1899, he left the monastery to develop the ideological theory of Ariosophy--wisdom of the Aryans. Lanz von Liebenfels founded the German nationalist magazine Ostara in 1905. It was though the publication, Ostara that he advocated his anti-semitic and völkisch theories.Ostarawas published from 1905-1917 (89-100 issues), then went out of publication to be briefly revived from roughly 1930-31 (20 issues).
“I know how to circumvent the Inner Guards.” “And you forget that those days are gone. You’re now a member of the Inner Guard and officially linked to Los Nefilim. Rousseau is an ally, and we want to keep our relations with her on good terms. So we follow her lead and make sure nothing trickles back to her side of the border, or down to ours.”
He opened the lid and laid his equipment on the blotter: a stubby candle, a pin, some foil, and a paper straw. The foil and straw always left him feeling cheap and dirty, like a street addict chasing a high.
I had to go online and visit some different sites to find out exactly one smoked opium. That particular rabbit-hole led to some strange warrens.
Lifting the edge of the mattress, he found two well-worn copies of Die Filmwoche, a popular movie magazine. Both issues had pictures of the handsome German actor Conrad Veidt on the covers.
Conrad Veidt was a prominent German actor, who portrayed one of the first homosexual characters ever written for cinema in the film Anders als die Andern (Different from the Others). Different from the Others was co-written in 1919 by the renowned Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld. Hirschfeld wanted to educate his audience through entertainment; although a portion of the film is devoted to Hirschfeld testifying in court that homosexuals should not be persecuted. Rudi has made Veidt into the hero who will rescue him from his brother. Although it is never implicitly stated in the novel, Rudi plays long hours at the piano, fantasizing about his make-believe life with Veidt.
“Because Karl will report me to the authorities. He said he won’t let them take me to the sanitarium this time. He said he’ll declare me incorrigible and that I will go to prison.” Rudi shook his head. “I can’t do that. I don’t belong there.”
There wasn't room in the story to expand on this statement, but essentially what Rudi is saying here is that the police have his name on a Pink List, or a list of known homosexuals. Karl informed the authorities of Rudi's activities in order to blackmail his brother into testifying for him. Karl's constant threats to turn Rudi over to the authorities is all that keeps Rudi by Karl's side.