Imperial Transitions (How much can we trust Paarfi)

Fri Jun 20 10:55:02 PDT 2003

> ISTR the transition being described as "peaceful"  AFB, but the notes in
> my Timeline suggest that pgs.315-316 of FHYA are the place to check.

The paperback has Khaavren trying to get into Daro's pants on pgs 315/6...

> >  We know that Vlad and Cawti read Paarfi's works and consider them
> > to be romantic fiction, not a history of the events they're set
> > around.  Based on that, we have to be careful about taking anything in them
> > as fact just because the books are as real to us as the Taltos books are.
> Textev on that is a bit weak.  The Paarfi books that we have access to
> were definitely published well after the references in the Vlad books.
> And what we know of Paarfi's previous publishing history suggests that
> it was for a far more scholarly market.  Of course, we only have Paarfi's
> own word for that.
> My personal feeling is that the Vlad-period references to "Paarfi romances"
> are jokes put in by Brust, on the theory that the amusement value was
> worth the anachronism.

Dumb explanation - Vlad doesn't refer to Paarfi in the original but to
"Historical Romance X" which Brust-the-translator, being unversed in
Dragaeran lit. and knowing his audience is as well, either ignorantly or
simplifyingly ascribes to Paarfi.

I happen to dislike knowing that the Empire will survive smoothly to
Norathar and would value a consistent belief-system allowing me to become
ignorant on this point.