Saturday 14 September 2013

Reality and illusion

More and more novels with convoluted endings, that blur the line between reality and fiction. I did the last chapter of Vidal's The Golden Age yesterday: Vidal has, of course, entered his own fictional book in earlier chapters, and now he takes over, in the first person, and the creator meets his creature/s, especially Peter Sanford, Vidal's alter ego in the book. What is reality? What fiction? Was there a conspiracy about getting the US into the Second War? Was there not? At any rate, Vidal lets Peter have the last word in the book. More or less. The last word is 'Nothing.' Vidal can't resist going further, of course, so he comments: 'That is something.' And then goes on to add an Afterword about sources and so on.

Umberto Eco is fond of playing tricks with reality. The author of The Life of Pi too, Yann Martel. And, if I am not mistaken, The Matrix series. I know a professor who used to have The Matrix as recommended viewing for his metaphysics students. They were all too happy about it, of course. 

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