• The Man Who Saw Everything
  • The Man Who Saw Everything
  • The Man Who Saw Everything
  • The Man Who Saw Everything
  • The Man Who Saw Everything
  • The Man Who Saw Everything
  • The Man Who Saw Everything
  • The Man Who Saw Everything

The Man Who Saw Everything

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 02/04/2020
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The Man Who Saw Everything
Eloquent yarn full of nostalgia
The Berlin Wall is up, and a handsome young man; with good hair and a pearl necklace, falls in love with a difficult photographer- who tells him to get los... READ MORE
Emma Marshall

Synopsis

Longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2020 Electrifying and audacious, an unmissable new novel about old and new Europe, old and new love, from the twice-Man Booker-shortlisted author of Hot Milk and Swimming Home In 1989 Saul Adler ( a narcissistic, young historian) is hit by a car on the Abbey Road. He is apparently fine; he gets up and goes to see his art student girlfriend, Jennifer Moreau. They have sex then break up, but not before she has photographed Saul crossing the same Abbey Road. Saul leaves to study in communist East Berlin, two months before the Wall comes down. There he will encounter - significantly - both his assigned translator and his translator's sister, who swears she has seen a jaguar prowling the city. He will fall in love and brood upon his difficult, authoritarian father. And he will befriend a hippy, Rainer, who may or may not be a Stasi agent, but will certainly return to haunt him in middle age. In 2016, Saul Adler is hit by a car on the Abbey Road. He is rushed to hospital, where he spends the following days slipping in and out of consciousness, and in and out of memories of the past. A number of people gather at his bedside. One of them is Jennifer Moreau. But someone important is missing. Slipping slyly between time zones and leaving a spiralling trail, Deborah Levy's electrifying new novel examines what we see and what we fail to see, until we encounter the spectres of history - both the world's and our own.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241977606
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Weight: 149g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 13 mm

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The Man Who Saw Everything
The Man Who Saw Everything?
It was a very clever device to have the first half of the book as a hallucination or “fever dream” and the second half a realisation. However, apart from ... READ MORE
Susan Organ
The Man Who Saw Everything
Ultimately enjoyable - but I’m glad it wasn’t longer!
I must confess that I nearly gave up on this (something I rarely do) and if it had been longer I might have done. The second half made ploughing through t... READ MORE
Rob W
The Man Who Saw Everything
Imperfect history
For those that like fiction in a linear form, with a beginning, a middle and and end this is the book you have been waiting for. It is nothing like a conv... READ MORE
Ricoh