Chapter 7 of Thomas Pynchon's V. (1963), "She Hangs on the Western Wall," contains one of the novel s most interesting characters, the Venezuelan revolutionary known as the Gaucho. This character has his origins in an earlier fictional revolutionary, the character Braggioni in Katherine Anne Porter's short story "Flowering Judas" ("Flowering Judas" and Other Stories, 1935). In fact, this story, and its central image of the Judas tree, can be seen as a seed for this crucial chapter in Pynchon's novel.
How to Cite:
Vukmirovich, J., 1988. Porter's \"Flowering Judas\" And Pynchon's V.. Pynchon Notes, (22-23), pp.71–73. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/pn.317