The Power and the Glory is a novel by Graham Greene about a "whisky priest" traveling in Mexico, where he finds himself unable to repent for his past unholy behavior. Eventually the priest is chased by a lieutenant who takes and kills hostages and who believes Catholicism to be corrupt. Eventually the priest knowingly falls into a trap of the lieutenant, who pities him and allows the priest to take a man's confession.
Galatea 2.2 is a novel about Richard Powers, who returns to his University as a writer in residence. After facing writer's block for many months, he begins an experiment with Philip Lentz, a computer scientist, to create a computer, Helen, that can perform literary analysis. Lentz creates the program and Powers tutors it, eventually divulging his own life story and relationship with a woman named "C". Eventually, Helen cannot cope with the world and shuts herself down, though powers finds he has overcome writer's block.