by Deborah Levy
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Pub Date 06 Jun 2023 | Archive Date 31 Jul 2023
Named a Best Book of the Year by TIME, Vulture, BBC, Publisher's Weekly
A new novel from the Booker Prize finalist Deborah Levy, the celebrated author of The Man Who Saw Everything and The Cost of Living.
At the height of her career, the piano virtuoso Elsa M. Anderson—former child prodigy, now in her thirties—walks off the stage in Vienna, midperformance.
Now she is in Athens, watching an uncannily familiar woman purchase a pair of mechanical dancing horses at a flea market. Elsa wants the horses too, but there are no more for sale. She drifts to the ferry port, on the run from her talent and her history.
So begins her journey across Europe, shadowed by the elusive woman who seems to be her double. A dazzling portrait of melancholy and metamorphosis, Deborah Levy’s August Blue uncovers the ways in which we attempt to revise our oldest stories and make ourselves anew.
A Note From the Publisher
★ “[A] magnificent experiment in surrealism . . . This is a stunner.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"An economical, elliptical, but always entertaining novel of transformation by a highly skilled enigmatist." —Kirkus Reviews
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Average rating from 83 members
Brilliant, emotionally complex tale of a neglected child prodigy adopted and raised by her music teacher, who achieves moderate success in her career and personal life at the cost of devoting herself to others’ expectations
August Blue is likely to be one of my favorite books of the year. It skirts the surreal on its slow and inevitable way to the wondrous. Every sentence went somewhere that felt both completely unexpected, and yet, absolutely inevitable. If you’ve read it, then you know what I’m talking about.