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I was wondering why VNs short-stories are not given a special place for discussion.They may bring out certain aspects of VNs cosmological views more clearly than we can reach through his longer and more complex novels, where we may be torn between following his puzzle/mathematical propositions, his anagrammatic word games and his magical suspension of scenery creating an almost palpable unreality.
I have no idea why I ended up researching Orphic rites yesterday and it amazed me to find a similarity with some of VNs ideas about Terran/Antiterran relationships. Orphic religion had apparently been opposed to the official religion of the state as represented by the Olympic gods and Homeric cosmology. Their emphasis in cyclic versus historical time, time and memory also stimulated me to research more deeply connections between what is being developped in ADA and Orphic and Eleusian mysteries.
Jansy