Ghosts in the Machine

Michael Dibdin

  • Slaves of New York by Tama Janowitz
    Picador, 278 pp, £3.50, January 1987, ISBN 0 330 29753 8

How do you like to be approached by a strange work of fiction? Do you prefer a hearty handshake (‘Call me Ishmael’), a more discursive line (‘All happy families are alike’), or a low-key manner (‘For a long time I used to go to bed early’)? What about this, for example?

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