Literature: The Confidence Man
(full title The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade
) is Herman Melville's last major novel, a satire published on April 1st, 1857. In it, one mysterious man sneaks onto a Mississippi steamboat. He tests the confidence and doubts of the passengers, while conning money off of them one by one through different masquerades.
The novel is a satirical work, and an allegory for the broader aspects of human nature and human identity. It reflects Herman Melville's views on morality
, and other philosophical topics.
It is also notable for being a book dealing with nihilism and existentialism before other 20th century literature.
The full text can be read here
Tropes used by the novel: