"I saw a mother otter with her cubs. Even as I watched, the mother otter dived into the water and came up with a plump salmon, which she subdued... As she ate it, while of course it was still alive, the body split and the pink roes spilled out much to the delight of the baby otters. Mother and children dining upon mother and children. And that is when I first learned about evil. It is built into the very nature of the universe. Every world spins in pain. If there is any kind of supreme being, it is up to all of us to become his moral superior." Vitinary in Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett
There are a few fiction writers who have created extremely philosophical characters. The quote above has initiated many heated exchanges about religion; the same goes for Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials Trilogy. But it isn’t just religion, fiction writers like Gabriel García Márquez, Edgar Allan Poe, Alejo Carpentier, Franz Kafka, Ana María Matute, Jean Toomer, Jorge Luis Borges… just to name a few, have offered very useful and real perspectives that will stay with me forever.
Are there any fiction writers who have affected your reality?