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  • Published: 29 August 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241977613
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 208

The Man Who Saw Everything

Electrifying and audacious, an unmissable new novel from the twice-Man Booker-shortlisted author of Hot Milk

In 1989, Saul is hit by a car on the Abbey Rd crossing. He is fine; he gets up and goes to see his girlfriend, Jennifer. They have sex and then break up. He leaves for the GDR, where he will have more sex (with several members of the same family), harvest mushrooms in the rain, bury his dead father in a matchbox, and get on the wrong side of the Stasi.

In 2016, Saul is hit by a car on the Abbey Rd crossing. He is not fine at all; he is rushed to hospital and spends the following days in and out of consciousness, in and out of history. Jennifer is sitting by his bedside. His very-much-not-dead father is sitting by his bedside. Someone important is missing.

Deborah Levy presents an ambitious, playful and totally electrifying novel about what we see and what we fail to see, about carelessness and the harm we do to others, about the weight of history and our ruinous attempts to shrug it off.

  • Published: 29 August 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241977613
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 208

About the author

Deborah Levy

Deborah Levy writes fiction, plays and poetry. Her work has been staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and she is the author of numerous books, including the essay 'Things I Don't Want to Know'and the early novels Swallowing Geography and Beautiful Mutants. Her novel Swimming Home was shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize, 2012 Specsavers National Book Awards and 2013 Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize.

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Praise for The Man Who Saw Everything

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)

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

An ice-cold skewering of patriarchy, humanity and the darkness of the 20th century Europe

The Times

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

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

One of the best books I have ever read

Katherine Angel via Twitter

Charged with themes spanning memory and mortality, beauty and time, it's as electrifying as it is mysterious

Mail on Sunday

A time-bending, location-hopping tale of love, truth and the power of seeing... Increasingly surreal and thoroughly gripping

Sunday Telegraph

Exquisite... A brilliant Booker nominee


Writing so beautiful it stops the reader on the page


playful, consistently surprising...Levy brilliantly plumbs the divide between the self and others

Publishers Weekly Best Books 2019

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