Identities in Conflict
Evil in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld: Havelock Vetinari
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
The Discworld, a flat, alternate world to ours created by the British author Sir Terry Pratchett, is the setting for a phenomenal literary success in terms of sales and criticism. By the time this paper is written, forty fantasy novels set in the Discworld have been published in thirty-seven different languages, having sold over 70 million copies worldwide1. Many different beings such as vampires, undead, trolls or werewolves populate this “world and mirror of worlds”2, and archetypical fantastic elements like dragons, magic, time travel, afterlife and automata are present.
While the Discworld novels were initially developed as a parody of the type of genre inspired by Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings3, they started re-shaping as a unique science-fiction and fantasy series of books that include themes such as racism, technology, social inequalities, war or sexism, all in a growingly dark and somber environment4.
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