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Levy Embedded in this beautifully written novel is Deborah Levy's gift for blending f. This is a very surreal book Levy throws away all the things that you might consider conventional in a novel plot characterisation coherence for examples and throws something at you that it is simply not possible to grasp mentally At least I couldn t But and I think this is maybe the point it is possible to respond emotionally to the deluge of images the seemingly disconnected fragments If there s a plot of any kind to be found it centres on JK and her wanderings around Europe and her dealings with various lovers Plus Trotsky and Lenin somehow contrive to make appearancesIt s very short just 72 pages I believe although the real page numbers on my Kindle went mad and started at page 107 of iv and counted from there and leaves you feeling rather disoriented at the end But along the way it asks uestions about identity coincidentally a similar theme to the last book I read The Echo Maker isn t it strange how randomly chosen books sometimes seem to group together By messing around with everything that you might use to identify yourself name relationships home community for example it makes you stop and thinkPlus it is tremendous fun to read because no one else writes uite like LevyBy the way I can t claim credit for many of these ideas about this book I was floundering a bit until I read this review which helped enormously Independent Review

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Airytale with biting satire Through the voice of the irreverent and ironic narrator J. The narrative was all over the place and for some reason I couldn t connect with the story nor the characters my least favourite work by Levy for sureCan be avoided

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Swallowing Geography is a stunning early novel by the Man Booker shortlisted Deborah. Deborah Levy s second novella is a near perfect creation taking us into the nomadic realm of JK a loveless and forlorn nation hopper who takes lovers and flees Elegant poetic prose sprightly playfulness and complex untangling of dark psyches Levy s trademarks in evidence in this beautifully titled novella Recently republished


10 thoughts on “Swallowing Geography

  1. says:

    Deborah Levy’s second novella is a near perfect creation taking us into the nomadic realm of JK—a loveless and forlorn nation hopper who takes lovers and flees Elegant poetic prose sprightly playfulness and complex untangling of dark psyches Levy’s trademarks in evidence in this beautifully titled novella Recently republished

  2. says:

    As much as I have loved all of the others of Levy's books I've read this left me perplexed and rather disappointed Experimental to be sure and has sections that are as good as any of the rest of her work but the

  3. says:

    Is it possible that classic rules of forms and structure do not fit this experience of existing and not existing at the same timeSwallowing Geog

  4. says:

    I read this on breaks in waiting rooms curled up in bed before sunrise None of the narrative made any sense and yet everyt

  5. says:

    uite a departure from 'Beautiful Mutants' but eually as sprawlingly spectacular and gifted reading this made me

  6. says:

    This is a very surreal book Levy throws away all the things that you might consider conventional in a novel plot characterisation coh

  7. says:

    would it be worth it to be dazzled wined dined and fucked silly if it was only for one night? your lover soon to take off in the jet never to be seen again?or play it safe never go near that person stay in town go shopping for the cat

  8. says:

    'we return to homelands and find they are a hallucination'

  9. says:

    The narrative was all over the place and for some reason I couldn't connect with the story nor the characters my least favourite work by Levy for sureCan be avoided

  10. says:

    Just beautiful I love the way Levy writes JK like Jack Kerouac travels around with her typewriter in this dreamlike fragmented story where each place she encounters is layered with the memories of other lives It is a story of displaced people and a longing for home interspersed with forgetting I’m sure there are many references that went over my head but even purely on a sentence level this is just stunning