Books: FitzGibbon's Decline & Fall

WHEN THE KISSING HAD TO STOP (248 pp.) — Consfantine FifzGibbon — Norton ($3.95).

This jolly-sounding novel, which draws its title from Robert Browning's account of the last days of the Venetian Republic, might more properly be called FitzGibbon's Decline and Fall of the British Empire. With horrid persuasiveness, it looks forward to the moment, somewhere between 1960 and 1984, when Britain decides "to commit suicide" and becomes a Soviet satellite. Lest any reader think he is not reading about the possible, FitzGibbon provides a text from Lenin, who held that in war, it is best to wait "until the moral disintegration...

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