Black Vodka: Ten Stories

Black Vodka: Ten Stories

by Deborah Levy


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Now in paperback, a "tantalizingly poetic" (NYTBR) collection in which Levy "conquer[s] the genre which demands she fashion perfect jewels" (The Independent).

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. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632869111
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 05/09/2017
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 1,256,827
Product dimensions: 5.55(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.45(d)

About the Author

Deborah Levy writes fiction, plays, and poetry. Her work has been staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company, widely broadcast on the BBC, and translated into fourteen languages. The author of highly praised novels including Hot Milk (longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2016), Swimming Home (shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2012), The Unloved, and Billy and Girl, and the essay Things I Don't Want to Know, she lives in London.

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