Show More The Grimace by Nicholas Salaman.
Grafton, 256 pp., £13.99, February 1991, 0 246 13770 3Show More
Playing the game by Ian Buruma.
Cape, 234 pp., £13.99, April 1991, 0 224 02758 1Show More
The Music of Chance by Paul Auster.
Faber, 217 pp., £13.99, March 1991, 9780571161577Show More
“... What do coincidences mean? As I was reading Nicholas Salaman’s elaborately-patterned historical paranoia novel The Grimace, in which all the women the cracked narrator encounters are called Johanna, I came across the phrase ‘visions of Johannas’. It gave me a shock to realise that the song ‘Visions of Johanna’, by Bob Dylan, at which Salaman nods just this once, was at the same moment playing quietly on my stereo, which it does perhaps once a year ...”