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Black Vodka: Ten Stories Hardcover – 10 June 2014

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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (10 June 2014)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 125 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1620406721
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1620406724
  • Dimensions : 14.83 x 1.68 x 21.46 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 33 ratings

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"Levy provides fragmentary glimpses into the fascinating lives of people at odds with their surroundings and profoundly disturbed by their previous experiences. Edgy, unsettling, and intoxicating." -- starred review, Library Journal

"A good short story has to be brief, with few characters, artistic jumps and artistic elisions (that make us think we are missing nothing). And, I believe, must contain a good swatch of poetry in its prose. If those are the paradigms, then Levy seems to makes it into the near-genius class." --The Review of Arts, Literature, Philosophy and the Humanities (RALPH magazine)

"[Levy's] precision and unusual imagination are well suited to the short story form . . . . Levy's talent is evident throughout--though the stories themselves can be unsettling, their evocative language invites the reader to settle in." --Publishers Weekly

"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." --The New Statesman

"Fabulously jolting . . . Accomplished and uncanny . . . Powerful." --The Guardian

"Enticing . . . Tantalizingly poetic." --New York Times Book Review

"Levy's sparse, elegant stories are poetic and faintly surreal." --The Sunday Times

"Levy harkens Lydia Davis's undulating, dreamlike style, moving quickly between tender observations and abrupt actions. A character may race bumblingly to answer a ringing phone in one sentence, and contemplate the rain in the next. Levy stitches such seemingly contradictory scenes together seamlessly to create an abstract, evocative collection." --Huffington Post



Levy provides fragmentary glimpses into the fascinating lives of people at odds with their surroundings and profoundly disturbed by their previous experiences. Edgy, unsettling, and intoxicating. starred review, Library Journal

A good short story has to be brief, with few characters, artistic jumps and artistic elisions (that make us think we are missing nothing). And, I believe, must contain a good swatch of poetry in its prose. If those are the paradigms, then Levy seems to makes it into the near-genius class. The Review of Arts, Literature, Philosophy and the Humanities (RALPH magazine)

[Levy's] precision and unusual imagination are well suited to the short story form . . . . Levy's talent is evident throughout--though the stories themselves can be unsettling, their evocative language invites the reader to settle in. Publishers Weekly

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. The New Statesman

Fabulously jolting . . . Accomplished and uncanny . . . Powerful. The Guardian

Enticing . . . Tantalizingly poetic. New York Times Book Review

Levy's sparse, elegant stories are poetic and faintly surreal. The Sunday Times

Levy harkens Lydia Davis's undulating, dreamlike style, moving quickly between tender observations and abrupt actions. A character may race bumblingly to answer a ringing phone in one sentence, and contemplate the rain in the next. Levy stitches such seemingly contradictory scenes together seamlessly to create an abstract, evocative collection. Huffington Post

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Levy provides fragmentary glimpses into the fascinating lives of people at odds with their surroundings and profoundly disturbed by their previous experiences. Edgy, unsettling, and intoxicating. "Library Journal, starred review"

A good short story has to be brief, with few characters, artistic jumps and artistic elisions (that make us think we are missing nothing). And, I believe, must contain a good swatch of poetry in its prose. If those are the paradigms, then Levy seems to makes it into the near-genius class. "The Review of Arts, Literature, Philosophy and the Humanities (RALPH magazine)"

[Levy's] precision and unusual imagination are well suited to the short story form . . . . Levy's talent is evident throughout--though the stories themselves can be unsettling, their evocative language invites the reader to settle in. "Publishers Weekly"

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. "The New Statesman"

Fabulously jolting . . . Accomplished and uncanny . . . Powerful. "The Guardian"

Enticing . . . Tantalizingly poetic. "New York Times Book Review"

Levy's sparse, elegant stories are poetic and faintly surreal. "The Sunday Times"

Levy harkens Lydia Davis's undulating, dreamlike style, moving quickly between tender observations and abrupt actions. A character may race bumblingly to answer a ringing phone in one sentence, and contemplate the rain in the next. Levy stitches such seemingly contradictory scenes together seamlessly to create an abstract, evocative collection. "Huffington Post""

"Levy provides fragmentary glimpses into the fascinating lives of people at odds with their surroundings and profoundly disturbed by their previous experiences. Edgy, unsettling, and intoxicating." --"Library Journal," starred review

"A good short story has to be brief, with few characters, artistic jumps and artistic elisions (that make us think we are missing nothing). And, I believe, must contain a good swatch of poetry in its prose. If those are the paradigms, then Levy seems to makes it into the near-genius class." --"The Review of Arts, Literature, Philosophy and the Humanities "(RALPH magazine)

"[Levy's] precision and unusual imagination are well suited to the short story form . . . . Levy's talent is evident throughout--though the stories themselves can be unsettling, their evocative language invites the reader to settle in." --"Publishers Weekly"

"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." --"The New Statesman""Fabulously jolting . . . Accomplished and uncanny . . . Powerful." --"The Guardian""Levy's sparse, elegant stories are poetic and faintly surreal." --"The Sunday Times ""Levy harkens Lydia Davis's undulating, dreamlike style, moving quickly between tender observations and abrupt actions. A character may race bumblingly to answer a ringing phone in one sentence, and contemplate the rain in the next. Levy stitches such seemingly contradictory scenes together seamlessly to create an abstract, evocative collection." --"Huffington Post" "Enticing . . . Tantalizingly poetic." --"New York Times Book Review"

"[Levy's] precision and unusual imagination are well suited to the short story form . . . . Levy's talent is evident throughout--though the stories themselves can be unsettling, their evocative language invites the reader to settle in." --"Publishers Weekly"

"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 "

"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 "

About the Author

Deborah Levy trained at Dartington College of Arts before becoming a playwright. Her plays include Pax, Heresies, Clam, Call Blue Jane, Shiny Nylon, Honey Baby Middle England, Pushing the Prince into Denmark and Macbeth-False Memories. She has also written some novels and was a Fellow in Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge from 1989-1991.

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