‘I don’t know if you have any idea,’ he said, ‘how your bladder works?’ He didn’t pause for a reply; he was already sketching eagerly on a sheet of paper in his hand. ‘This sort of thing,’ he said. It was the Aswan Dam, I thought: a prodigious reservoir, prodigiously contained. And t…
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