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July 18, 1993 | D. M. Thomas, Thomas, a British poet and novelist, is the author of 10 novels, including "The White Hotel," "Ararat" and "Flying in to Love."
In the manner of Pushkin beginning his "Golden Cockerel" ("Somewhere, some time long since gone/Lived the glorious Tsar Dadon. . . ."), Donald Harington lets us know from the first sentence that we are to be in a world where art is at least as important as reality: "Ekaterina you were, and you were not at all. You were from a land far away, once upon a time and upon no time at all . . .
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