Creacion Gore Vidal

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Creacion  by  Gore Vidal

Creacion by Gore Vidal
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In 445 BCE, Cyrus Spitama, grandson of the prophet Zoroaster, is the Persian ambassador to Athens. Hes a caustic appreciation of his situation: I am blind. But I am not deaf. Because of the incompleteness of my misfortune, I was obliged yesterdayMoreIn 445 BCE, Cyrus Spitama, grandson of the prophet Zoroaster, is the Persian ambassador to Athens. Hes a caustic appreciation of his situation: I am blind.

But I am not deaf. Because of the incompleteness of my misfortune, I was obliged yesterday to listen for nearly six hours to a self-styled historian whose account of what the Athenians like to call the Persian Wars was nonsense of a sort that were I less old & more privileged, I would have risen to my seat at the Odeon & scandalized all Athens by answering him. Having thus dismissed Herodotus, Cyrus then dictates his life story to his nephew, Democritus, with similar disdain for the Greeks--whom we in the modern world have come to view as the progenitors of civilization, but whom Cyrus considers to be bad-smelling rabble.

Of course, Cyrus Spitama speaks with a very modern, ironic voice supplied him by Vidal--& the political intrigues in which Cyrus finds himself immersed are likewise familiar territory for fans of Vidals historical fiction. The narrators delightfully wicked observations are the icing on a narrative of truly epic scope--out of his desire to understand the origins of the world, Cyrus undertakes journeys to India, where he encounters disciples of the Buddha, & China, where he engages Confucius in philosophical conversation while the great sage fishes at riverside.

Creation offers insights into classical history laced with wit & narrative brio.



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