Black Vodka: Ten Stories (Hardcover)

Ten Stories

By Deborah Levy

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 9781620406724, 125pp.

Publication Date: June 10, 2014



The stories in Black Vodka, by acclaimed author Deborah Levy, are perfectly formed worlds unto themselves, written in elegant yet economical prose. She is a master of the short story, exploring loneliness and belonging; violence and tenderness; the ephemeral and the solid; the grotesque and the beautiful; love and infidelity; and fluid identities national, cultural, and personal.

In Shining a Light, a woman's lost luggage is juxtaposed with far more serious losses. An icy woman seduces a broken man in Vienna, and a man's empathy threatens to destroy him in Stardust Nation. Cave Girl features a girl who wants to be a different kind of woman-she succeeds in a shocking way. A deformed man seeks beauty amid his angst in the title story.

These are twenty-first century lives dissected with razor-sharp humor and curiosity. Published simultaneously with Things I Don't Want to Know: On Writing, Levy's stories will send you tumbling into a rabbit hole, and you won't be able to scramble out until long after you've turned the last page.

Deborah Levy showed she is a top-hitting novelist with a Man Booker Prize shortlist place for Swimming Home. Can she conquer the genre which demands she fashion perfect jewels? . . . Yes, Levy can do macro- and microcosm. These tales of unconventional love reinforce her reputation as a major contemporary writer who never pulls her punches. -The Independent

About the Author

Deborah Levy writes fiction, plays, and poetry. Her work has been staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company and widely broadcast on the BBC, including her dramatizations of two of Freud's most iconic case histories, Dora and The Wolfman. The author of highly praised novels including Swimming Home, Beautiful Mutants, Swallowing Geography, and Billy and Girl, she lives in London.

Praise For Black Vodka: Ten Stories

“One of the most exciting voices in contemporary British fiction . . . sophisticated and astringent.” —The Times Literary Supplement

“These ominous, odd, erotic stories burrow deep into your brain.” —Financial Times

“A sexy hauteur in Deborah Levy’s prose [is] reminiscent of the voice of Marianne Faithfull. The rasping, deadpan delivery of these ten new stories emit a dreamy harshness at once jaded and invigorating.” —New Statesman

"Fabulously jolting . . . Accomplished and uncanny . . . Powerful." —The Guardian"Levy’s sparse, elegant stories are poetic and faintly surreal." —The Sunday Times