Beautiful Mutants and Swallowing Geography: Two Early Novels

Beautiful Mutants and Swallowing Geography Two Early Novels From the Man Booker Prize shortlisted author of Swimming Home a single volume comprising her first two novels Beautiful Mutants long out of print and Swallowing Geography never before published in

  • Title: Beautiful Mutants and Swallowing Geography: Two Early Novels
  • Author: Deborah Levy
  • ISBN: 9781620406755
  • Page: 260
  • Format: Paperback
  • Beautiful Mutants and Swallowing Geography: Two Early Novels

    From the Man Booker Prize shortlisted author of Swimming Home, a single volume comprising her first two novels Beautiful Mutants, long out of print, and Swallowing Geography, never before published in the United States.Beautiful Mutants, Deborah Levy s surreal first novel, introduces a manipulative and magical Russian exile who summons forth a series of grotesques amongFrom the Man Booker Prize shortlisted author of Swimming Home, a single volume comprising her first two novels Beautiful Mutants, long out of print, and Swallowing Geography, never before published in the United States.Beautiful Mutants, Deborah Levy s surreal first novel, introduces a manipulative and magical Russian exile who summons forth a series of grotesques among them the Poet, the Banker, and the Anorexic Anarchist Levy explores the anxieties that pervaded the 1980s exile and emigration, broken dreams, crazed greed and the first seeds of the global financial crisis, self destructive desires, and the disintegration of culture It is a feverish allegory written in prose so beautiful and acrobatic that it could only come from a poet This remarkable and pioneering debut is as much about language as it is the world that ensnares and alienates us.In Swallowing Geography, J K like her namesake Jack Kerouac, is always on the road, traveling Europe with her typewriter in a pillowcase She wanders, meeting friends and strangers, battling her raging mother, and taking in the world through her uniquely irreverent, ironic perspective Levy blends fairytale with biting satire, pushing at the edges of reality and marveling at where the world collapses in on itself In this stunningly original novel, Deborah Levy searches deep into the heart of the late twentieth century and does not hold back on what she finds there.

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    1. Hugh

      This collection brings together two Levy's first two published novels (or novellas), which I will review separately. They were both very interesting in terms of understanding her development as a writer. Beautiful Mutants (1989)This is Levy's first published book, and shows that the talent that came to fruition with Swimming Home and Hot Milk was there from the start. Like all of her books, it is full of strikingly visual scenes, only loosely linked by any form of narrative, giving the whole a d [...]

    2. Cory

      "Beautiful Mutants" counterpoises a brutally realist approach to Thatcher-era London and a satirically surrealist narrative. Never exactly spelling out the story's discontent with late capitalism, Levy is still ruthlessly explicit in crafting images that illustrate her critique (view spoiler)[(i.e. a pant-suited millionaire burns down the London Zoo just because she can afford to) (hide spoiler)]. In "Swallowing Geography,” JK, "Europe's eerie child" (love that description) wanders aimlessly, [...]

    3. Keight

      These two short novels are weird with incredibly loose narratives, or rather collections of characters and scenes in which things happen with a feeling of sequence. Within these loosely tied vignettes are some beautiful passages rooted in the anxieties of exile. Deborah Levy has published several more novels since these first two, and I gather her work has evolved into more conventional territory. Coming off the intensity of reading The Warmth of Other Suns, these were kind of perfect in their [...]

    4. Eleni

      Some beautiful turns of phrase but so convoluted and incredibly grim that I could just about finish it (and it isn't long). Loved Swimming Home and Black Vodka, so disappointed with this. Apparently it's an early work and it really shows how much a writer can improve because what seems deliberately bewildering/ pretentious here is developed to pure gold in later works.

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