chapter  1
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The Battle of Narratives

The history of all hitherto existing society is not the history of class struggles, but instead the history of narrative struggles. Storytellers, from the creators of hieroglyphics to the inventors of alphabets to the perpetrators of gods and myths, gospels, wars, ideas, science, and sura, stood in constant opposition to one another and carried on an uninterrupted, now hidden, now open, battle of narratives, a battle that each time ended either in a revolutionary re-constitution of society at large, or in the common ruin of an old story that once held sway over entire populations and was thought to be true.1