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From: adam louis stephanides <astephan@students.uiuc.edu>
Subject: (urth) Authors as torturers?
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 1998 16:16:21 

On Wed, 17 Jun 1998 William H. Ansley wrote:

> Somewhere in TBotNS there is a passage where Severian compares the
> relationship between torturers and their clients to that of men to women
> and authors to their readers. (Maybe I am combining two separate passages.)

Could you be thinking of the passage in Shadow, ch. 33, in which Severian
gives us his thoughts on authorship?  But here he compares the
relationship between authors and readers not to that between torturers and
their clients but between executioners and their spectators.  And he
at least presents himself as wanting to please his readers, not torture

Incidentally, it's interesting to compare what Severian set forth here as
the principles of writing he's following with his actual practice as a
narrator.  IMO there's a pretty poor match, except for his final
self-imposed requirement that "he must add to the execution some feature
however small that is entirely his own and that he will never repeat."
This the book fulfills in spades.


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