Deborah Levy - The Man Who Saw Everything (2nd Hand Paperback)
Long-Listed for The Orwell Prize 2020.
In 1989 Saul Adler (a narcissistic, young historian) is hit by a car on the Abbey Road. He is apparently fine; he gets up and goes to see his art student girlfriend, Jennifer Moreau. They have sex then break up, but not before she has photographed Saul crossing the same Abbey Road.
Saul leaves to study in communist East Berlin, two months before the Wall comes down. There he will encounter - significantly - both his assigned translator and his translator's sister, who swears she has seen a jaguar prowling the city. He will fall in love and brood upon his difficult, authoritarian father. And he will befriend a hippy, Rainer, who may or may not be a Stasi agent, but will certainly return to haunt him in middle age.
Slipping slyly between time zones and leaving a spiralling trail, Deborah Levy's electrifying novel examines what we see and what we fail to see, until we encounter the spectres of history - both the world's and our own.
- Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
- Condition : Good (Almost Very Good)
- Category : Fiction - Modern Classics
- Published : 2019 (This Edition 2020 - Penguin Books)
- ISBN : 9780241977606
- SKU : B002666
- PPC : LL250gm
- RRP : £8.99
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
'An utterly beguiling fever dream of a novel. Its sheer technical bravura places it head and shoulder above pretty much everything else on the [Booker] longlist.' - The Daily Telegraph.
'Superbly crafted, enigmatic, tantalizing . . . Levy defies gravity in a daring, time-bending new novel. Head-spinning and playful, her writing offers sophistication and delightful artistry.' - Kirkus.
'An ice-cold skewering of patriarchy, humanity and the darkness of the 20th Century Europe.' - The Times.
'It's clever, raw and doesn't play by any rules.' - Evening Standard.
'Intelligent and supple . . . a dizzying tale of life across time and borders.' - The Financial Times.
'A brilliant Booker nominee.' - The Guardian.
'The Man Who Saw Everything is a bewitching novel of fractured time, memory and experience. Pin-wheeling through one man’s life, from late 1980’s Abbey Road to communist East Berlin and beyond, Levy’s deft, playful and sharply honed novel is a masterpiece of narrative invention. A book that asks bold questions about how our love, allegiance and comprehension might change - subtly, shatteringly - in the face of the merciless march of unfolding history.' - Waterstones.
Deborah Levy FRSL is a British novelist, playwright and poet. She initially concentrated on writing for the theatre - her plays were staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company - before focusing on prose fiction. Her early novels included Beautiful Mutants, Swallowing Geography and Billy & Girl.
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