chapter  8
26 Pages

The Queen of Onor and her Emissaries: Fernão Mendes Pinto’s Dialogue with India

ByHannah Chapelle Wojciehowski

Some say that truth is stranger than fiction. The claim hinges not only on the ability to recognize the strange wherever one encounters it, but also, more significantly, to be able to tell the difference between truth and fiction, reality and make-believe, what is or was and what is not or might have been. Historians, as a rule, are more invested in the latter distinction; novelists and storytellers, the former. And then there are those who refuse both, individuals who call into question the very category of the strange or foreign, while simultaneously confusing, muddling, or otherwise blending fact and fiction, thereby refusing to tell the difference.