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Man Who Saw Everything
Man Who Saw Everything | Deborah Levy
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An electrifying and audacious novel about beauty, envy, and carelessness by Deborah Levy, two-time Man Booker Prize finalist. 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--and this story of good intentions and reckless actions.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, East and West, past and present--to reveal the full spectrum of our world.
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CarolynM
Man Who Saw Everything | Deborah Levy
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Not really book related (although there is a photo of my current read). We are spending a couple of days on the Mornington Peninsula. Most of these photos were taken around Cape Schanck.

LeeRHarry Looks lovely 😊 I have just spent a long weekend in Daylesford - fab weather! 2mo
Cathythoughts Looks lovely 👍🏻♥️ enjoy 2mo
Texreader Gorgeous 2mo
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Centique Wow! I need to explore that part of Victoria next time I visit, it‘s beautiful 😍 2mo
JennyM Enjoy, Carolyn. Looks beautiful. 😘 2mo
Freespirit Perfect! 2mo
Lizpixie That‘s beautiful! 2mo
batsy That looks so idyllic and lovely! Enjoy your holiday 🌞 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Beautiful place! Happy holidays! 2mo
youneverarrived Beautiful. Enjoy 😘 2mo
Ruthiella You take a book with you so it‘s automatically bookish.😀Enjoy!🥰 2mo
BarbaraBB Enjoy, it looks gorgeous! 😍 2mo
LeahBergen Beautiful! 2mo
arubabookwoman Mornington Peninsula! I‘ve only heard of it because I love Gary Disher‘s Hal Challis mystery series set there. How lovely to see pictures of a place I‘ve only imagined! 2mo
CarolynM @arubabookwoman These pictures are mostly from the wild bit at the south east end. Further inland there's vineyards and cherry orchards and cattle and on the bayside (the west coast of the peninsula) there's endless holiday houses and camp grounds by the side of the beaches and the seas are calm. I haven't read Disher so I don't know which bits he describes. I wouldn't like you to think it all looks like these photos🙂 2mo
CarolynM @Centique Absolutely! I think you'd enjoy it. It's only an hour or so from the city so you can do a day trip - just avoid weekends and the summer holidays🙂 2mo
arubabookwoman If you like mysteries at all, I highly recommend Disher. The series is set in a fictional town on the peninsula, but there is farming around, and beaches-one of the policewomen is an avid surfer. 2mo
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