Friday, 14 October 2016
Inner And Outer Narrators
"Pete thought: Well, many faiths, including high ones, including some sects which call themselves Christian, deny immortality."
-Poul Anderson, "The Problem of Pain" IN Anderson, The Technic Civilization Saga: The Van Rijn Method, compiled by Hank Davis (New York, 2009), pp. 103-134 AT p. 122.
Berg is a Christian from Aeneas and we know from The Day Of Their Return, published in the same year, 1973, that Aeneans are intensely religious although in different ways.
In Anderson's "Esau," there is an inner and an outer narrative but both are presented from Emil Dalmady's pov and in the third person. How many ways are there to tell a story? (And, as Kipling said, "...each and every one of them is right." See here.)
Having mentioned Berg's religion - which is what his story is about -, we should also mention that Dalmady is from Altai which has a Muslim-Buddhist synthesis with a Prophet and a Tower. Anderson shows us human diversity proliferating in the future.