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'If the past is a foreign country, then we are all exiles shipwrecked in the present. Our fate is fraught with risks. We need only think of The Tempest, Robinson Crusoe, Gulliver's Travels, Lord of the Flies, Wide Sargasso Sea, The Fortunes of Richard Mahony, the Transit of Venus, The Commandant, and A Fringe of Leaves. Then turn our thoughts to Remembering Babylon and The Secret River. Different spaces - temporal, geographical, political, and textual -different risks. (p 164)