Black Vodka by Deborah Levy
Ten Stories

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Black Vodka is a slight volume, but there's no arguing with the poetry of Levy's prose. Packing the "depth charge" Michèle Roberts describes in her introduction to the collection, Levy's pen is a volatile weapon.
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'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.
 

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Published June 10, 2014 by Bloomsbury USA. 137 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by LUCY SCHOLES on Mar 10 2013

Black Vodka is a slight volume, but there's no arguing with the poetry of Levy's prose. Packing the "depth charge" Michèle Roberts describes in her introduction to the collection, Levy's pen is a volatile weapon.

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Reviewed by Alex Clark on Feb 18 2013

Like their protagonists, these stories do not give up their secrets easily...they are powerful because they are fragmentary, elliptical; because they interrupt and disrupt themselves, and refuse to settle down into something immediately recognisable

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