Show us the night

Michael Gorra

  • A Long Finish by Michael Dibdin
    Faber, 249 pp, £16.99, September 1998, ISBN 0 571 19341 2

‘There is nothing new to be said ... but the old is better than any novelty. It would be a sad day indeed when there should be something new to say.’ Henry James’s fear that what the tourist has known and loved and already thought perfect in Venice might alter is a familiar sentiment: we all know this longing for things to remain as they were when we first knew them.

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