August Blue by Deborah Levy (HC)

August Blue by Deborah Levy (HC)

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The mesmerising new novel from the twice Booker-shortlisted author of Hot Milk and Swimming Home

At the height of her career, concert pianist Elsa M. Anderson - former child prodigy, now in her thirties - walks off the stage in Vienna, mid-performance.

Now she is in Athens, watching as another young woman, a stranger but uncannily familiar - almost her double - purchases 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 a journey across Europe, shadowed by the elusive woman who bought the dancing horses.

A dazzling portrait of melancholy and metamorphosis, 
August Blue uncovers the ways in which we seek to lose an old story, find ourselves in others and create ourselves anew.


"Deborah Levy's new novel is both intelligent and absurd, precise and dream-like . . . I know of few other authors who can capture an atmosphere of the eerie and the bizarre as well as she does. Her novels have a strange clarity and precision about being nebulous and shifting." ― The Scotsman

"August Blue holds the remarkable balancing act that is key to Levy's writing: perfect precision at the sentence level combined with a dedication to exploring the slipperiness of reality . . . August Blue is full of such delightfully strange moments - and it is these that linger long in the mind." ― i

"A gleeful read . . . [Deborah Levy's] prose is as quick and bare as ever, her manner excitingly abrupt . . . You know you'll read August Blue again." ― Guardian

Hardcover Edition
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton; 1st edition (4 May 2023)
ISBN: 978-0241421314
Pages: 256