Black Vodka: Ten Stories (Hardcover)
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
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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