We formulate two conjectures about etale cohomology and fundamental groups motivated by categoricity conjectures in model theory. One conjecture says that there is a unique Z-form of the etale cohomology of complex algebraic varieties, up to Aut(C)-action on the source category; put differently, each comparison isomorphism between Betti and etale cohomology comes from a choice of a topology on C. Another conjecture says that each functor to groupoids from the category of complex algebraic varieties which is similar to the topological fundamental groupoid functor, in fact factors through it, up to a field automorphism of the complex numbers acting on the category of complex algebraic varieties. We also try to present some evidence towards these conjectures, and show that some special cases seem related to Grothendieck standard conjectures and conjectures about motivic Galois group.
The article suggests a genre model for novel-myth which can be discerned in «The God of Small Things» by Arundhati Roy. The author argues against devising the model solely on the basis of parallels between the content of the novel and mythological images and motifs. Instead such mythomodeling categories as time, recollection and reader are investigated. It is demonstrated how the discrepancy between the time of story and discourse (G. Genette) defines the mythical nature of characters and their relations. The interplay of pro- and retrospections resulting from the second of these categories allows to define the novel as the ritual of recollection (M. Eliade). As a result, the reader in the novel becomes the participant of this ritual and is isomorphic in this role to the characters.