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Things I Don't Want to Know : On Writing - Reprint by Deborah Levy (Paperback)

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A shimmering jewel of a book about writing from two-time Booker Prize finalist Deborah Levy, to publish alongside her new work of nonfiction, The Cost of Living.

Blending personal history, gender politics, philosophy, and literary theory into a luminescent treatise on writing, love, and loss, Things I Don't Want to Know is Deborah Levy's witty response to George Orwell's influential essay "Why I Write." Orwell identified four reasons he was driven to hammer at his typewriter--political purpose, historical impulse, sheer egoism, and aesthetic enthusiasm--and Levy's newest work riffs on these same commitments from a female writer's perspective.

As she struggles to balance womanhood, motherhood, and her writing career, Levy identifies some of the real-life experiences that have shaped her novels, including her family's emigration from South Africa in the era of apartheid; her teenage years in the UK where she played at being a writer in the company of builders and bus drivers in cheap diners; and her theater-writing days touring Poland in the midst of Eastern Europe's economic crisis, where she observed how a soldier tenderly kissed the women in his life goodbye.

Spanning continents (Africa and Europe) and decades (we meet the writer at seven, fifteen, and fifty), Things I Don't Want to Know brings the reader into a writer's heart.

Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 111
Genre: Biography + Autobiography, Social Science
Sub-Genre: Personal Memoirs, Women's Studies, Literary Figures
Format: Paperback
Publisher: St Martins Pr
Author: Deborah Levy
Language: English
Street Date: July 10, 2018
TCIN: 53583820
UPC: 9781635572247
Item Number (DPCI): 248-29-4050
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