Deborah Levy


    Deborah Levy revient sur sa vie. Elle fuit à Majorque pour réfléchir et se retrouver, et pense à l'Afrique du Sud, ce pays qu'elle a quitté, à son enfance, à l'apartheid, à son père - militant de l'ANC emprisonné -, aux oiseaux en cage, et à l'Angleterre, son pays d'adoption. À cette adolescente qu'elle fut, griffonnant son exil sur des serviettes en papier. Telle la marquise Cabrera se délectant du "chocolat magique', elle est devenue écrivaine en lisant Marguerite Duras et Virginia Woolf. En flirtant, sensuelle, avec les mots, qui nous conduisent parfois dans des lieux qu'on ne veut pas revoir. Ce dessin toujours inédit que forme le chemin d'une existence.
    Ce que je ne veux pas savoir est une oeuvre littéraire d'une clarté éblouissante et d'un profond secours. Avec esprit et calme, Deborah Levy revient sur ce territoire qu'il faut conquérir pour écrire. Un livre talisman sur la féminité, la dépression, et la littérature comme une opération à coeur ouvert.

  • L'oeuvre de Deborah Levy est marquée par un vaste projet autobiographique, dont Le coût de la vie, constitue le volet central. Dramaturge, poétesse et romancière anglaise, l'autrice revient sur sa vie.
    À l'âge de 50 ans et après des décennies d'une vie de famille au nord de Londres, Deborah Levy se retrouve à la dérive, et sans aucune envie de revenir en arrière. Faussement simple, passionnant d'intelligence, le récit avance pas à pas, dévoilant peu à peu un projet d'autobiographie vivante. L'histoire banale et tragique parce que répétée d'une femme qui s'est jetée à corps perdu dans la quête de l'amour et du travail pour créer un foyer, univers qui s'avère répondre aux besoins de tous sauf d'elle-même. Pas tant un récit qu'un manifeste de ce que Déborah Levy appelle « une nouvelle façon de vivre », Le coût de la vie est un livre puissant et magnifique sur la féminité, la maternité, la liberté, l'écriture, les normes et le chemin d'une vie. Entre Maggie Nelson et Annie Ernaux, Deborah Levy devrait marquer la rentrée littéraire avec la parution en simultanée du premier volet de sa trilogie autobiographique, Ce que je ne veux pas savoir.

  • The Unloved is a hypnotising novel by the Man Booker-shortlisted writer Deborah Levy.A group of hedonistic West European tourists gather to celebrate Christmas in a remote French chateau. Then an Englishwoman is brutally murdered, and the sad, eerie child Tatiana declares she knows who did it. The subsequent inquiry into the death proves to be more of an investigation into the nature of love, insatiable rage and sadistic desire. The Unloved offers a bold and revealing look at some of the events that shaped European and African history, and the perils of a future founded on concealed truth.Praise for Deborah Levy: 'Deborah Levy's storytelling is allusive, elliptical and disturbing. Her touch is gentle, often funny and always acute' Independent'One of the few contemporary British writers comfortable on a world stage' New Statesman'An exciting writer, sharp and shocking as the knives her characters wield' Sunday Times'A brave and brilliant book' Independent on The UnlovedDeborah Levy writes fiction, plays and poetry. Her work has been staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and she is the author of numerous books, including the essay 'Things I Don't Want to Know' and the early novels Swallowing Geography and Beautiful Mutants. Her novel Swimming Home was shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize, 2012 Specsavers National Book Awards and 2013 Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize.

  • Beautiful Mutants is a stunning early novel by the Man Booker-shortlisted Deborah Levy. Levy's surreal and artful first novel, Beautiful Mutants, introduces Lapinski -- the manipulative and magical Russian exile who summons forth a number of urban pilgrims in a shimmering contemporary allegory about broken dreams and desires . . .'A stunningly original writer' Kirsty Gunn'It throbs its way into the imagination like the unguided missiles it decries' Observer'Levy's strength is her originality of thought and expression' Jeanette WintersonDeborah Levy writes fiction, plays and poetry. Her work has been staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and she is the author of highly praised books including The Unloved, Things I Don't Want to Know, Swallowing Geography and Billy and Girl. Her novel Swimming Home was shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize, 2012 Specsavers National Book Awards (UK Author of the Year) and 2013 Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize, while the title story of her most recent work of fiction, Black Vodka, was shortlisted for the 2012 BBC International Short Story Award.

  • Things I Don't Want to Know is a brilliantly insightful longform essay by Deborah Levy.
    'Things I Don't Want to Know' is a unique response to George Orwell from one of our most vital contemporary writers. Taking Orwell's famous list of motives for writing as the jumping-off point for a sequence of thrilling reflections on the writing life, this is a perfect companion not just to Orwell's essay, but also to Levy's own, essential oeuvre.'In her powerful rejoinder to Orwell, Deborah Levy responds to his proposed motives for writing -- 'sheer egoism', 'aesthetic enthusiasm', 'historical impulse' and 'political purpose' -- with illuminating moments of autobiography. A vivid, striking account of a writer's life, which feminises and personalises Orwell's blunt assertions' Spectator'An up-to-date version of 'A Room of One's Own' . . . I suspect it will be quoted for many years to come' Irish Examiner
    'Levy's strength is her originality of thought and expression' Jeanette WintersonDeborah Levy writes fiction, plays and poetry. Her work has been staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and she is the author of numerous highly praised books including The Unloved, Swallowing Geography and Beautiful Mutants, all of which are now published by Penguin. Her novel Swimming Home was shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize, 2012 Specsavers National Book Awards and 2013 Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize.

  • Anglais Billy and Girl

    Deborah Levy

    Billy England and his sister Girl are clever, stylish and damaged. Billy is a teenage "catastrophe theorist" which is handy since their mother has gone missing, and when they last saw their father his Elvis hair was in flames.
    Girl has a mission. She knocks on a door of a selected house and pretends any Prozac woman who answers is her mother. It is through one of these tranquilised women that Girl discovers 'Freezer World', a superstore on the edge of the motorway. This gives her an idea. Why don't they sell the pain of their childhoods to the American chat shows?

  • Anglais Hot Milk

    Deborah Levy

    A richly mythic, colour-saturated tale from the Man Booker-shortlisted author of Swimming Home--Deborah Levy explores the violently primal bond between mother and daughter.
    Two women arrive in a Spanish village--a dreamlike place caught between the desert and the ocean--seeking medical advice and salvation. One of the strangers suffers from a mysterious illness: spontaneous paralysis confines her to a wheelchair, her legs unusable. The other, her daughter Sofia, has spent years playing the reluctant detective in this mystery, struggling to understand her mother's illness.
    Surrounded by the oppressive desert heat and the mesmerising figures who move through it, Sofia waits while her mother undergoes the strange programme of treatments invented by Dr. Gomez. Searching for a cure to a defiant and quite possibly imagined disease, ever more entangled in the seductive, mercurial games of those around her, Sofia finally comes to confront and reconcile the disparate fragments of her identity.
    Hot Milk is a labyrinth of violent desires, primal impulses, and surreally persuasive internal logic. Examining female rage and sexuality, Deborah Levy's dazzling new novel explores the strange and monstrous nature of motherhood, testing the bonds of parent and child to breaking point.

  • The audacious and elegiac second installment in her 'living autobiography' on writing and womanhood, from the twice-Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author of Hot Milk and Swimming HomeFollowing the acclaimed Things I Don't Want to Know, Deborah Levy returns to the subject of her life in letters. The Cost of Living reveals a writer in radical flux, considering what it means to live with value and meaning and pleasure. This perfectly crafted snapshot of a woman in the process of transformation is as distinctive, wide-ranging and original as Levy's acclaimed novels, an essential read for every Deborah Levy fan.

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE GOLDSMITHS PRIZE 2016Plunge into this hypnotic tale of female sexuality and power - from the Man Booker shortlisted author of Swimming HomeTwo women arrive in a village on the Spanish coast. Rose is suffering from a strange illness andher doctors are mystified. Her daughter Sofia has brought her here to find a cure with the infamous and controversial Dr Gomez - a man of questionable methods and motives. Intoxicated by thick heat and the seductive people who move through it, both women begin to see their lives clearly for the first time in years.Through the opposing figures of mother and daughter, Deborah Levy explores the strange and monstrous nature of womanhood. Dreamlike and utterly compulsive, Hot Milk is a delirious fairy tale of feminine potency, a story both modern and timeless.

  • Sous l'eau

    Deborah Lévy

    En arrivant avec sa famille et un couple d'amis dans une villa sur les hauteurs de Nice, Joe Jacobs découvre un corps dans la piscine. Bien vivant. La créature s'appelle Kitty Finch : elle se dit botaniste, elle porte du vernis à ongles vert, et c'est toute nue qu'elle se présente à eux, plongeant au coeur des vacances de Joe et des siens. Pourquoi est-elle ici ? Que veut-elle?
    Huis clos envoûtant, Sous l'eau prouve une fois encore que même les secrets les mieux gardés finissent par remonter à la surface.

  • Une année particulière commence pour Hélène quand elle s'installe à Paris pour étudier l'archéologie. Elle est logée par son grand-oncle Daniel, un vieux globe-trotter excentrique qu'elle n'apprécie guère.

  • Deux femmes partagent, le temps d'une nuit, une chambre d'hôpital. L'une est kabyle et musulmane, l'autre française et  juive : tout les sépare sauf leurs cancers, qui sont les mêmes. Au cours de la nuit, par les paroles et les silences, le passage des soignants et des proches, elles vont se découvrir, se rencontrer.  Leurs histoires se tissent, leurs fantômes se croisent, comme celui de Marie Curie, qui hante l'hôpital. Est-on assez nu dans la maladie, assez dépouillé de tous ses masques, pour atteindre, au fond de soi-même et de l'autre, un noyau commun d'humanité ?

  • Un roman d'une grande efficacité narrative, qui mêle avec brio, sur fond d'évocations de souvenirs d'enfance et de guerre, le motif romanesque des retrouvailles amoureuses et celui de l'usurpation (involontaire) d'identité. Madeleine retrouve soixante ans après son premier fiancé qu'elle croyait mort à la guerre d'Indochine, mais il s'avère que le vieux René qu'elle serre dans ses bras est un autre... Un traitement très fin et subtil du malentendu tragique entre des êtres qui étaient voués à s'aimer et que la vie a destiné à se perdre.

  • As he arrives with his family at the villa in the hills above Nice, Joe sees a body in the swimming pool. But the girl is very much alive. She is Kitty Finch: a self-proclaimed botanist with green-painted fingernails, walking naked out of the water and into the heart of their holiday. Why is she there? What does she want from them all? And why does Joe's wife allow her to remain? Swimming Home is a subversive page-turner, a merciless gaze at the insidious harm that depression can have on apparently stable, well-turned-out people. Set in a summer villa, the story is tautly structured, taking place over a single week in which a group of beautiful, flawed tourists in the French Riviera come loose at the seams. Deborah Levy's writing combines linguistic virtuosity, technical brilliance and a strong sense of what it means to be alive. Swimming Home represents a new direction for a major writer. In this book, the wildness and the danger are all the more powerful for resting just beneath the surface. With its biting humour and immediate appeal, it wears its darkness lightly. Swimming Home was also shortlisted for the New York Times Notable Book of 2012 and the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize 2013. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012 and National Book Awards Author of the Year 2012

  • Man Booker Prize shortlisted Deborah Levy whips up a storm of romance and slapstick, of heavenly and earthly delights, in this dystopian philosophical poem about individualfreedom and the search for the good life.

  • Kissing you is like new paint and old pain. It is like coffee and car alarms and a dim stairway and a stain and it's like smoke.' ('Placing a Call') How does love change us? And how do we change ourselves for love - or for lack of it? Ten stories by acclaimed author Deborah Levy explore these delicate, impossible questions. In Vienna, an icy woman seduces a broken man; in London gardens, birds sing in computer start-up sounds; in ad-land, a sleek copywriter becomes a kind of shaman. These are twenty-first century lives dissected with razor-sharp humour and curiosity, stories about what it means to live and love, together and alone.

  • A sensation in France, this is a story about literary deceptions, family secrets, and a thrilling quest for the truth
    Who is the real author of The Black Insignia? Is it H. R. Sanders, whose name is printed on the cover of every installment of the wildly successful young adult adventure series? Or is it Daniel Roche, the enigmatic world traveler who disappears for months at a time? When Daniel’s great-niece, Hélène, moves to Paris to study archeology, she does not expect to be searching for answers to these questions. As rumors circulate, however, that the twenty-fourth volume of The Black Insignia series will be the last, Hélène and her friend Guillaume, a devoted fan of her great-uncle’s books, set out to discover more about the man whose life eludes her. In so doing, she uncovers an explosive secret dating back to the darkest days of the Occupation.
    In recounting the moment when one history began and another ended, The Travels of Daniel Ascher explores the true nature of fiction: is it a refuge, a lie, or a stand-in for mourning?