In reverse

Frank Kermode

  • Time’s Arrow by Martin Amis
    Cape, 176 pp, £12.99, September 1991, ISBN 0 224 03093 0

A story can be told in almost any order except backwards. Gérard Genette’s impressive catalogue of ‘anachronies’, of all the ways you can destabilise or re-order narrative chronology, does not provide for the complete reversal of narrative flow.

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