Writers have long found that doppelgangers speak to our sense that there are unresolved tensions between opposing sides of our nature. Mistaken is peppered with references to classic works such as Poe’s short story “William Wilson”, about a man who is frightened to death by his double, but for Jordan the idea of the doppelganger evokes emotions more subtle than fear.
“I’ve never understood this fevered kind of madness in these doubles stories that the narrator seems to enter into, and the writer… The bundle of emotions I talk about in this novel, I know them very well, it’s more of a kind of nagging suspicion, a sense that you haven’t really lived your own life, that you haven’t lived the life that you should have.
“This is about a very real sense of loss. That’s far more satisfying to write about.”
Из этого интервью Нила Джордана.