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Leyendo ‘The Plato Papers’

Ackroyd escribió una novela del futuro muy como del pasado

Alegórica, sugestiva, BREVE, The Plato papers es una novela filosófica muy digna, que combina sátira del presente, filosofía e historia.

La novela tiene cuatro partes (y sólo 139 págins en mi edición) y se divide en

  1. Los comentarios del Plato futuro, sobre las condiciones en otras eras
  2. El viaje de Plato al submundo
  3. El juicio de Plato, acusado de corromper a la juventud con mentiras y fábulas
  4. Condena y exilio

A veces usa el método platónico en su exposición, y voy a poner acá el principio, un diálogo platónico entre dos jóvenes entusiastas del Maestro:

The Lectures and Remarks of Plato on the
Condition of Past Ages

Sparkler: Wait, Sidonia, wait!

Sidonia: Gladly.

Sparkler: I just saw you in the market. You were standing beneath the city wall, and so I assumed that you were listening to Plato’s oration.

Sidonia: Correct in every respect, Sparkler. But I expected to see you there, since you always celebrate the feast of Gog.

Sparkler: I was about to cross the Fleet, and join you, when Madrigal stopped me.

Sidonia: What did he want?

Sparkler: Only something about a parish meeting. But, as a result, I missed Plato’s opening remarks. I heard only his ending, when he spoke of his sorrow at the darkness of past ages.

Sidonia: It was all very interesting. There was a period when our ancestors believed that they inhabited a world which revolved around a sun.

Sparkler: Can it be true?

Sidonia: Oh yes. They had been told that they lived upon a spherical planet, moving through some kind of infinite space.

Sparkler: No!

Sidonia: That was their delusion. But it was the Age of Mouldwarp. According to Plato, the whole earth seemed to have been reduced and rolled into a ball until it was small enough to fit their theories.

Sparkler: But surely they must have known—or felt?

Sidonia: They could not have known. For them the sun was a very powerful god. Of course we were all silent for a moment, after Plato had told us this, and then he laughed.

Sparkler: He laughed?

Sidonia: Even when he had taken off the orator’s mask, he was still smiling. Then he began to question us. ‘Do you consider me to be small? I know that you do. Could you imagine the people of Mouldwarp to be much, much smaller? Their heads were tiny, and their eyes like pinpoints. Do you know,’ he said, ‘that in the end they believed themselves to be covered by a great net or web?’

Sparkler: Impossible. I never know when Plato is telling the truth.

Sidonia: That is what he enjoys. The game. That is why he is an orator.

Sparkler: We who have known him since childhood—

Sidonia: —never cease to wonder.

Sparkler: But who could be convinced by such wild speculations?

Sidonia: Come and decide for yourself. Walk with me to the white chapel, where he is about to begin his second oration.

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Ackroyd tiene la idea en todos sus escritos no sólo este, de la permanencia de Londres, de la repetición de hechos históricos y personajes en Londres.

Acá foto de la Muralla romana de Londres, the Wall

London, the Wall

El lector curioso de la Ciencia Ficción, la Literatura y el Pensamiento encontrará en The Plato Papers mucho interesante.

En el lejano futuro quizás no se entienden las cosas que hoy nos son familiares y no me resisto a poner acá algunas definiciones que hace Plato desde el Londres futuro, de objetos y situaciones del pasado, entendidas desde su presente nuestro futuro.

Rock Music – La música de viejas piedras

Telepathy – sufrimiento causado por la televisión

Ecología -Estudio de los ecos y reverberaciones, especialmente de la propia voz

☼ Para saber más

Se puede comprar por tanto poco como un penique o centavo, másgastos de envío

The Plato Papers: A Prophecy

Feb 2000

by Peter Ackroyd

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