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There's Saul, who lives mostly in an online computer game when he is not contemplating suicide; there's Timon, who has a pregnant wife he didn't bother to bring; there's Anthea, who studies Latin and deserves a lifetime shuffling dead books in the archives of Nowhere County; there's Werner who arrived with a giant crate of beer and looks as if he would like to reside foetally inside it until we have all gone.
There are striking passages - like the intimately simple waltzes between the men which end with Sillis throwing himself foetally into Putrov's arms - but too much stodge between them.
Meanwhile we keep cutting back to her old life in the commune, or at least her memories of it, the transitions prompted by no more than her way of curling foetally in bed or by shared darknesses, present and past.
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