Ami asked Geoff Dyer:

Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi made me very much want to go to art fairs, and very much worry about losing myself in India. Can you talk a bit about how the two halves of this book relate to each other?

Geoff Dyer Well that's a big question! In a sense the book is ABOUT how the two halves fit together. One thing to emphasise is that in the second half Laura is everywhere present even though she's physically absent. All sorts of little details associated with her crop up incidentally or accidentally in part 2. There are big thematic links and all sorts of things are repeated, paralleled (including some actual sentences), but it's the little repeated details that bind the two watery cities - and the the two halves of Jeff Atman's name - together.

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