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The Man Who Saw Everything

Deborah Levy

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Penguin
15 April 2020
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
In 1988, Saul is hit by a car on the Abbey Rd crossing. He is fine; he gets up and goes to see his girlfriend, Jennifer. They have sex and then break up. He leaves for the GDR, where he will have more sex (with several members of the same family), harvest mushrooms in the rain, bury his dead father in a matchbox and get on the wrong side of the Stasi.

In 2016, Saul is hit by a car on the Abbey Rd crossing. He is not fine at all; he is rushed to hospital and spends the following days in and out of consciousness, in and out of history. Jennifer is sitting by his bedside. His very-much-not-dead father is sitting by his bedside. Someone important is missing.
By:   Deborah Levy
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 13mm
Weight:   149g
ISBN:   9780241977606
ISBN 10:   0241977606
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   15 April 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Deborah Levy is the author of seven novels, including Swimming Home, Hot Milk and The Man Who Saw Everything. She has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize twice and too the Goldsmiths Prize twice. Deborah Levy is also the author of an acclaimed series of living autobiographies, Things I Don't Want To Know and The Cost of Living. The final volume of this series, Real Estate, will be published by Hamish Hamilton in 2021.

Reviews for The Man Who Saw Everything

playful, consistently surprising...Levy brilliantly plumbs the divide between the self and others * Publishers Weekly Best Books 2019 * One of the best books I have ever read -- Katherine Angel via Twitter 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 (Starred review) * 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 * Financial Times * Charged with themes spanning memory and mortality, beauty and time, it's as electrifying as it is mysterious * Mail on Sunday * An ice-cold skewering of patriarchy, humanity and the darkness of the 20th century Europe * The Times * Exquisite... A brilliant Booker nominee * Guardian * A time-bending, location-hopping tale of love, truth and the power of seeing... Increasingly surreal and thoroughly gripping * Sunday Telegraph * Writing so beautiful it stops the reader on the page * Independent * 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 * Daily Telegraph *


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