The Man Who Saw Everything
LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019
SHORTLISTED FOR THE GOLDSMITHS PRIZE 2019
‘An ice-cold skewering of patriarchy, humanity and the darkness of 20th century Europe’ The Times
‘It’s like this, Saul Adler.’
‘No, it’s like this, Jennifer Moreau.’
In 1988, Saul Adler is hit by a car on the Abbey Road. Apparently fine, he gets up and poses for a photograph taken by his girlfriend, Jennifer Moreau. He carries this photo with him to East Berlin: a fragment of the present, an anchor to the West.
But in the GDR he finds himself troubled by time – stalked by the spectres of history, slipping in and out of a future that does not yet exist. Until, in 2016, Saul attempts to cross the Abbey Road again . . .
‘A time-bending, location-hopping tale of love, truth and the power of seeing. Thoroughly gripping’ Sunday Telegraph
‘Writing so beautiful it stops the reader on the page’ Independent
‘Levy splices time in artfully believable, mesmerizing strokes’ Lambda Literary
‘Skewering totalitarianism – from the state, to the family, to the strictures of the male gaze – Levy explodes conventional narrative to explore the individual’s place and culpability within history’ Guardian
‘An utterly beguiling fever dream’ Daily Telegraph
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 * One of the big stories in English fiction this decade has been the return and triumph of Deborah Levy... You would call her example inspiring if it weren't clearly impossible to emulate * New Statesman * 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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