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I was intrigued and puzzled from the very first paragraph beginning in London, 1988.Saul Adler says I was thinking about how Jennifer Moreau had told me I was never to describe her beauty, not to her, or to anyone else When I asked her why I was silenced in this way, she said, Because you only have old words to describe me This was on my mind when I stepped onto the zebra crossing with it s black and white stripes at which all vehicles must stop to allow pedestrians to cross the road A car was coming towards me but it did not stop I had to jump backwards and fell on my hip, using my hands to protect myself from the fall The car stalled and a man rolled down the window He was in his sixties, silver hair, dark eyes, thin lips He asked if I was okay When I did not answer he stepped out of the car As the story continued sentence after sentence, I was puzzled interested but definitely puzzled From a rectangle shape object the driver was holding in his hand with an angry voice inside that Saul hears to the strange conversation between the driver and Saul about his girlfriend and her age to Saul meeting his girlfriend has sex which she initiates, followed by Saul asking Jennifer if she will consider marrying him , to a sudden breakup.there are some odd things going on Both Saul and Jennifer a photographer , baffled me They were interesting perplexing characters Basic details fill in Saul is In three days I was travelling to East Germany, the GDR, to research cultural opposition to the rise of fascism in the 1930s at the Humboldt University Although my German was reasonably fluent they had assigned me a translator His name was Walter M ller I was to stay for two weeks in East Berlin with his mother and sister, who had offered me a room in their tenement apartment near the university Walter M ller was part of the reason I had nearly been run over on the zebra crossing He had written to say that his sister, whose name was Katrin but the family called her Luna was a big Beatles fan It had been Jennifer s idea to take a photograph of myself crossing the zebra on Abbey Road to give to Luna. The book begins in 1988, the first party narrator is Saul Adler is a 28 year old, narcissistic historian, son of a recently deceased domineering communist father Saul s mother was the Jewish daughter of a German University professor, and who was an escapee from Nazi Germany at the age of 8, Saul s grandmother having given her a string of pearls together with her one suitcase When Saul s mother dies, Saul s father gives him the pearls, only for Saul to insist on wearing them at all times, a sign of his emerging bisexuality, which Deborah Levy s new novel certainly tells a captivating story, but what makes this book so fantastic is her smashing ha narrative concept Our narrator is Saul, a British historian and expert on Eastern European communism After his girlfriend Jennifer breaks up with him, 28 year old Saul travels to the GDR as part of his research It s 1988, but mysteriously, Saul already seems to know that the wall will come down only one year laterwhich brings us to the narrative concept This is a book in two parts, and both start with Saul being hit by a car on Abbey Road while trying to cross the street on the famous zebra crossing Saul crashes into the wing mirror, which shatters, its reflective glass entering his headI had gazed at my reflection in his wing mirror and my reflection had fallen into meIn part 1 of the book, the events described above occur after the accident, but in part 2, it s 2016, and Saul has to be hospitalized and undergoes surgerey Suffering from sepsis and drugged with morphine, all his memories, the reflections of himself and others, are still there, but they are shattered, and Saul is struggling to put them back together He conflates people and scenes, lead by feelings and perceived similarities and connections, but those around him correct his efforts again and again with their own subjective views I have experienced a situation where one of my relatives suffered a head injury followed by major surgery and sepsis, and I feel My sincere thanks to Netgalley and Bloomsbury Publishing for an advanced reading copy of this book, in exchange for this honest review I m not quite sure why or how Levy has emerged as one of my favorite authors I have now read almost everything she s ever published the one exception being Diary of a Steak, which I finally tracked down a reasonably priced copy of, so will read soon, completest that I am She never really repeats herself in either style or topics, but you can bet a Levy book is always carefully crafted, intriguingly obtuse, and each book almost demands multiple readings to parse out the hidden meanings Her latest tome is perhaps her most erudite and jam packed box of tricks a kaleidoscopic investigation of the fractured mind of protagonist Saul Adler, with two sections set in two different time frames or are they in 1988 the then 28 year old budding historian undergoes a minor accident while attempting to have his girlfriend Jennifer take a picture of him recreating the iconic Beatles Abbey Road album cover Then, in 2016, the middle aged Adler seemingly has KINDLE The Man Who Saw Everything Author Deborah Levy Abb2.ebdcs.co.uk An Electrifying Novel About Beauty, Envy, And Carelessness From Deborah Levy, Author Of The Booker Prize Finalists Hot Milk And Swimming Home.It Is 1988 And Saul Adler, A Narcissistic Young Historian, Has Been Invited To Communist East Berlin To Do Research In Exchange, He Must Publish A Favorable Essay About The German Democratic Republic As A Gift For His Translator S Sister, A Beatles Fanatic Who Will Be His Host, Saul S Girlfriend Will Shoot A Photograph Of Him Standing In The Crosswalk On Abbey Road, An Homage To The Famous Album Cover As He Waits For Her To Arrive, He Is Grazed By An Oncoming Car, Which Changes The Trajectory Of His Life The Man Who Saw Everything Is About The Difficulty Of Seeing Ourselves And Others Clearly It Greets The Specters That Come Back To Haunt Old And New Love, Previous And Current Incarnations Of Europe, Conscious And Unconscious Transgressions, And Real And Imagined Betrayals, While Investigating The Cyclic Nature Of History And Its Reinvention By People In Power Here, Levy Traverses The Vast Reaches Of The Human Imagination While Artfully Blurring Sexual And Political Binaries Feminine And Masculine, [Ebook] ↠ Book Lover Author Jennifer Kaufman – 9facts.co.uk Envy [Epub] ➝ Secret Delivery / Her 24-Hour Protector By Delores Fossen – 9facts.co.uk And Carelessness From Deborah Levy [BOOKS] ⚡ Kholodovs Last Mistress ✯ Kate Hewitt – 9facts.co.uk Author Of The Booker Prize Finalists Hot Milk And Swimming Home.It Is 1988 And Saul Adler Lireing ➿ Wicked Sinner (Regency Sinners 7) Auteur Carole Mortimer – 9facts.co.uk A Narcissistic Young Historian [[ Read ]] ➪ If the Stiletto Fits... 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To start with a disclaimer I think most readers would agree that there are some authors who write in a way that somehow, maybe not easily explained, ticks all the boxes for them Deborah Levy is such a writer for me When I read what Levy writes, I can almost feel my brain being re wired to open up new possibilities.Interviewed in April 2018 by The Guardian, Deborah Levy ended by saying I m halfway through my next novel and it is all about masculinity It s about an amazing man and it s called The Man Who Saw Everything.Is this a clue to help us unravel Levy s new novel Yes And no.The pre publication blurb says the book is about beauty, envy, and carelessness Another clue.The book itself contains the phrase about loneliness, love, youth, beauty.That s enough clues What is this book about Well, it s about all of the above and besides It s about living under surveillance whether by state or family It s about Brexit.It s also about the weight of history In her seasonal quartet, Ali Smith is cycling through the seasons while simultaneously showing us how the events of linear time influence one another each book has a historical event that ties to current events Here, Levy uses a man s fractured mind to compress time and run multiple timeframes in parallel She also makes several oblique references to Schrodinger s famous cat experimentWe don t know whether Luna is alive or dead She lifted Hannah on to her lap Hello, Saul How s it going I m trying to cross the road, I replied Yes, she said, you ve been trying to cross the road for thirty years but stuff happened on the way The Beatles album Abbey Road the recording sessions for which were the last in which all four participated famously has on its cover no words but just a photograph, taken in August 1969, of the fab four crossing a zebra crossing outside the EMI Studios in the road of that name I say all four but of course the iconic photograph actually contained various clues confirming rumours that Paul McCartney had, in reality, died in a car accident in November 1966 and had been replaced by a look alike William Shears Campbell the funeral procession like setting, with Lennon dressed as an angel, Starr an undertaker, and Harrison the gravedigger the corpse McCartney out of step with the others and barefooted his cigarette held in his wrong hand the numberplate of the strategically placed Beetle 28IF Paul would have been 28 if he was still alive and the mysterious lady with the blue dress on the reserve cover, among others silly objections that he would actually have been 27 not 28 completely miss the symbolic way age is calculated in the eastern mystical cultures to the late pop idol Further proof of McCartney s death, if any was needed, was that while John Lennon was to produce arguably h 2.5 rounded upI m a massive fan of Deborah Levy s nonfiction but her fiction seems to miss the mark in terms of what I look for in a novel The Man Who Saw Everything opens with our protagonist, Saul, at Abbey Road, his girlfriend taking a photo of him at the infamous zebra crossing The story then jumps around between locations and time frames a lot which I found pretty confusing and Deborah Levy has written yet another great book I probably need to have read it slower in order to get all the time references clearer and to even appreciate it, but I just can t with Levy, she s just too compulsively readable Loved it Thank you Random House and Edelweiss for the ARC The Man Who Saw Everything


About the Author: Deborah Levy

Deborah Levy trained at Dartington College of Arts leaving in 1981 to write a number of plays, highly acclaimed for their intellectual rigour, poetic fantasy and visual imagination , including PAX, HERESIES for the Royal Shakespeare Company, CLAM, CALL BLUE JANE, SHINY NYLON, HONEY BABY MIDDLE ENGLAND, PUSHING THE PRINCE INTO DENMARK and MACBETH FALSE MEMORIES, some of which are published in LEVY


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