(urth) a lurker asks a question
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Fri Oct 3 12:50:43 PDT 2008
On 2008.09.29 20:41:15 -0400, Matthew Keeley <matthew.keeley.1 at gmail.com> scribbled 3.6K characters:
> Great post. Perhaps Borges was the "real" reason for the scene - I can't think of anywhere
> else in The Book of the New Sun where such a scene with a Borges analogue would fit quite so
> well, though of course there are plenty of other Borges references in New Sun (i.e.
We may never know, unless someone asks him 'Did you write that scene really because you just like Borges a lot and it's a nice scene?'
Although I've always found Baldanders a bit odd - I looked him up in my copy of the Borges bestiary and I don't see much of a connection. If anything, the alzabo is much closer to Borges's Baldanders than Wolfe's Baldanders.
> I wonder if there are any similar scenes in other works that influenced Wolfe? I, Claudius
> maybe? Or could it be something leftover from an earlier version of the story? Perhaps it was
> important to the novella "The Feast of St. Catherine?" I gather that story focused a lot on
> writing? Or maybe I'm wrong - I don't have my "references" (i.e. Castle of Days) with me at
> -Matt, idly speculating
I dunno. I don't remember the descriptions I've seen of the novella focusing a lot on writing, but I didn't pay much attention to it. Has anyone here read it or know much about it?
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