Louis de Bernières: Going Nowhere

Escapism begins as fantasy, a desire to forget the tedium and problems of the everyday. But sometimes it can take you to a place more menacing than the one you are trying to escape. It is escapism that leads Chris, a fortysomething traveling salesman trapped in a loveless, sexless marriage, to a street corner in north London. There, he propositions Roza, an illegal Yugoslav immigrant in her 20s, who has donned a short skirt and fur jacket merely to see what trouble she can stir. She invites him to her dingy basement apartment for coffee and starts telling him about her...

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