The Great Escape

Philip Purser

  • The Fortunes of Casanova, and Other Stories by Rafael Sabatini, selected by Jack Adrian
    Oxford, 284 pp, £15.95, January 1994, ISBN 0 19 212319 X

That the literary name of one age can mean nothing to the next is both a truism and a comfort; it would be depressing to have to think that in 40 years, or even five, people might still be reading the effusions of – well, write in your own candidates from today’s bestseller lists. What does seem to be less predictable is the process that will sometimes restore a lost household name.

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