History Literature / IfOnAWintersNightATraveler

3rd Feb '17 9:29:16 AM GoblinCipher
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* AlwaysFemale: the LoveInterests.
* AlwaysMale: the narrators.
18th Dec '16 2:36:48 PM DoctorNemesis
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* PyrrhicVictory: Implied to be the case for the mastermind behind events (if indeed there is one). [[spoiler: Ermes Marana (apparently) manages to stage a massive scale fraud / conspiracy / undermining of the entire publishing and reading world... but it's suggested that he only did any of it in order to get Ludmilla to fall for him, which failed.]]
23rd Nov '16 5:37:23 AM DoctorNemesis
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* StrawmanPolitical: Ludmilla's sister Lotaria is a parody of self-righteous politically-minded students and readers who just boil down works of art and literature into their political subtexts and focus exclusively on them to the exclusion of anything else. At one point she claims that if she feeds the words of a book into a computer, she can know exactly what the book's about without ever reading it just by counting how frequently certain words appear. The novel suggests that for all her political awareness and disdain for Ludmilla's more apolitical approach to reading for escapism and entertainment, Lotaria (and, by extension, people like her) is actually much more narrow-minded and limited than Ludmilla. Ludmilla is open to having her mind changed and her views challenged by what she reads, whereas Lotaria doesn't see anything that doesn't conform to her own political views and prejudices.

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* StrawmanPolitical: Ludmilla's sister Lotaria is a parody of self-righteous politically-minded students and readers who just boil down works of art and literature into their political subtexts and focus exclusively on them to the exclusion of anything else. At one point she claims that if she feeds the words of a book into a computer, she can know exactly what the book's about without ever reading it just by counting how frequently certain words appear. The novel suggests that for all her political awareness and disdain for Ludmilla's more apolitical approach to reading for escapism and entertainment, Lotaria (and, by extension, people like her) is actually much more narrow-minded and limited than Ludmilla. Ludmilla is open to having her mind changed and her views challenged by what she reads, whereas Lotaria rigidly and unquestioningly adheres to her chosen dogma and doesn't see acknowledge anything that doesn't conform to her own political views and prejudices.
19th Oct '16 3:58:14 AM DoctorNemesis
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* StrawmanPolitical: Ludmilla's sister Lotaria is a parody of self-righteous politically-minded students and readers who just boil down works of art and literature into their political subtexts and focus exclusively on them to the exclusion of anything else. At one point she claims that if she feeds the words of a book into a computer, she can know exactly what the book's about without ever reading it just by counting how frequently certain words appear. The novel suggests that for all her political awareness and disdain for Ludmilla's more apolitical approach to reading for escapism and entertainment, Lotaria (and, by extension, people like her) is actually much more narrow-minded and limited than Ludmilla. Ludmilla is open to having her mind changed and her views challenged by what she reads, whereas Lotaria doesn't see anything that doesn't conform to her own political views and prejudices.



* StrawmanPolitical: Ludmilla's sister Lotaria is a parody of self-righteous politically-minded students and readers who just boil down works of art and literature into their political subtexts and focus exclusively on them to the exclusion of anything else. At one point she claims that if she feeds the words of a book into a computer, she can know exactly what the book's about without ever reading it just by counting how frequently certain words appear. For all that she disdains her sister's preference to read for entertainment and escapism, the novel suggests that for all her political awareness Lotaria (and, by extension, people like her) is actually much more narrow-minded and limited than Ludmilla, since Ludmilla is open to having her mind changed and her views challenged by what she reads, whereas Lotaria doesn't see anything that doesn't conform to her own political views and prejudices.
19th Oct '16 3:54:40 AM DoctorNemesis
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* StrawmanPolitical: Ludmilla's sister Lotaria is a parody of self-righteous politically-minded students and readers who just boil down works of art and literature into their political subtexts and focus exclusively on them to the exclusion of anything else. At one point she claims that if she feeds the words of a book into a computer, she can know exactly what the book's about without ever reading it just by counting how frequently certain words appear. For all that she disdains her sister's preference to read for entertainment and escapism, the novel suggests that for all her political awareness Lotaria (and, by extension, people like her) is actually much more narrow-minded and limited than Ludmilla, since Ludmilla is open to having her mind changed and her views challenged by what she reads, whereas Lotaria doesn't see anything that doesn't conform to her own political views and prejudices.
4th Oct '16 8:32:58 AM DoctorNemesis
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* NotSoDifferent: While divergent in terms of genre, each of the stories involves a man narrating the chaotic events he becomes involved in as a result of meeting a woman. Which, in turn, is not a million miles off from what happens to you after meeting Ludmilla...

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* NotSoDifferent: While divergent in terms of genre, each of the stories involves a man narrating the chaotic events he becomes involved in as a result of meeting a woman.woman to whom he displays varyingly overt levels of attraction. Which, in turn, is not a million miles off from what happens to you after meeting Ludmilla...
4th Oct '16 8:21:03 AM DoctorNemesis
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* TheUnseen: You never actually meet [[spoiler: the infamous Ermes Marana.]]
4th Oct '16 7:21:48 AM DoctorNemesis
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* WhatTheHellHero: At one point towards the end, the author lambasts you for just drifting passively through events and bouncing from place to place instead of taking a more active role in what's going on. [[spoiler: You're also told off for getting aroused by the female revolutionary who may or may not be Lotaria who may or may not be holding you hostage by pointing out that you're already attracted to Ludmilla, you're not entitled to have it off with every female character in the book just because you're the protagonist, and you don't even ''like'' Lotaria.]]
4th Oct '16 6:56:53 AM DoctorNemesis
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* NotSoDifferent: While divergent in terms of genre, each of the stories involves a man narrating the chaotic events he becomes involved in as a result of meeting a woman. Which, in turn, is not a million miles off from what happens to you after meeting Ludmilla...
27th Dec '15 2:25:13 PM SeptimusHeap
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* DarthWiki/WallBanger: In-universe example:
--> You fling the book on the floor, you would hurl it out the window, even the closed window, through the slats of the Venetian blinds; let them shred its incongruous quires, let sentences, words, morphemes, phonemes gush forth, beyond recomposition into discourse; through the panes, and if they are of unbreakable glass then so much the better, hurl the book and reduce it to photons, undulatory vibrations, polarized spectra; through the wall, let the book crumble into molecules and atoms passing between atom and atom of the reinforced concrete, breaking up into electrons, neutrons, neutrinos, elementary particles more and more minute; through the telephone wires, let it be reduced to electronic impulses, into flow of information, shaken by redundancies and noises and let it be degraded into swirling entropy. You would like to throw it out of the house, out of the block, beyond the neighborhood, beyond the city limits, beyond the state confines, beyond the regional administration, beyond the national community, beyond the Common Market, beyond Western culture, beyond the continental shelf, beyond the atmosphere, the biosphere, the stratosphere, the field of gravity, the solar system, the galaxy, the cumulus of galaxies, to succeed in hurling it beyond the point the galaxies have reached in their expansion, where space-time has not yet arrived, where it would be received by nonbeing, or, rather, the not-being which never has and will never be, to be lost in the most absolutely guaranteed undeniable negativity. Merely what it deserves, neither more nor less.

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* DarthWiki/WallBanger: In-universe example:
--> You fling the book on the floor, you would hurl it out the window, even the closed window, through the slats of the Venetian blinds; let them shred its incongruous quires, let sentences, words, morphemes, phonemes gush forth, beyond recomposition into discourse; through the panes, and if they are of unbreakable glass then so much the better, hurl the book and reduce it to photons, undulatory vibrations, polarized spectra; through the wall, let the book crumble into molecules and atoms passing between atom and atom of the reinforced concrete, breaking up into electrons, neutrons, neutrinos, elementary particles more and more minute; through the telephone wires, let it be reduced to electronic impulses, into flow of information, shaken by redundancies and noises and let it be degraded into swirling entropy. You would like to throw it out of the house, out of the block, beyond the neighborhood, beyond the city limits, beyond the state confines, beyond the regional administration, beyond the national community, beyond the Common Market, beyond Western culture, beyond the continental shelf, beyond the atmosphere, the biosphere, the stratosphere, the field of gravity, the solar system, the galaxy, the cumulus of galaxies, to succeed in hurling it beyond the point the galaxies have reached in their expansion, where space-time has not yet arrived, where it would be received by nonbeing, or, rather, the not-being which never has and will never be, to be lost in the most absolutely guaranteed undeniable negativity. Merely what it deserves, neither more nor less.
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