The Man Who Saw Everything

by Deborah Levy

One of the most exciting books of the year this new masterpiece from Deborah Levy is the perfect gift LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE SHORTLISTED FOR THE GOLDSMITHS PRIZE 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 An ice cold skewering of patriarchy humanity and the darkness of the th century Europe The Times The man who had nearly run me over had touched my hair as if he were touching a statue or something without a heartbeat In 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 The Man Who Saw Everything examines what we see and what we fail to see the grave crime of carelessness the weight of history and our ruinous attempts to shrug it off Levy writes on the high wire unfalteringly Marina Warner 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 Finanical Times

ISBN: 9780241268025 SKU: 2030310000422
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