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Source: Idoru, Page: 285

"She is nowhere", the Etruscan said.

"Whatever the next stage of her plan," the Etruscan said, "she had exposed her presence in the website. The original owners became aware of her. She was forced to discard her persona."

"What persona?" Chia felt a sinking feeling.

"'Zona Rosa'" said the Etruscan, "was the persona of Mercdes Purissima Vargas-Gutierrez. She is twenty-six years old, and the victim of an environmental syndrome occurring most frequently in the Federal District of Mexico."

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The final element Idoru looks into deeply, is the persona of Zona Rosa. Zona is a main supporting character throughout the book, working with Chia from the digital world. Her life is fleshed out all through the book. Right at the very end, this truly helpful, fully fleshed out character is revealed to be the digital persona of a physically disabled woman.

This profound statement, adds to the trend which has emerged since the books? original publication, and is, like the other trends, moving towards the point Idoru prophesises, where life online is truly possible, independent of any despised physical existence. It also makes a side-remark in doing so, that a life online, may well be a better life than the one a person with severe disfigurement or disability would face, in the physical world.

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About the Book 'Idoru'
By William Gibson
Produced By Penguin Group

Idoru is a strange novel in many ways. It is a William Gibson cyberpunk novel, set in the dark days of the near future, written by one of the masters of the genre. The book itself is dedicated to a concept that is not quite with us yet, but may well be here in the near future ? cyberpunk apes reality.

Teenager Chia McKenzie loves Rez, one half of a duo band called Lo/Rez. Unfazed that Rez is the same generation as her mother, she lives in the digital world of her sandbenders. Age, gender, history, none of this really matters in the cyber world. Only ability matters.
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