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Deborah Levy

Deborah Levy, one of the most widely acclaimed novelists and playwrights in the United Kingdom today, was born in South Africa but her family decided to move to the UK after her father, a member of the African National Congress, was persecuted by the apartheid regime. Levy studied theatre at the Dartington College of Arts, worked as a Creative Arts Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, and was also director of the MANACT theatre company in Cardiff. Her first success as a playwright was Heresies: Eva and Moses (1987), which was performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company and acclaimed by the critics. She subsequently alternated her work in the theatre with writing novels. Notable among the latter are Swimming Home (in Spanish, Nadando a casa, Siruela, 2015), Hot Milk (in Spanish, Leche caliente, Anagrama, 2018) and The Man Who Saw Everything (Penguin Random House, 2019). In Things I Don’t Want to Know (in Spanish, Cosas que no quiero saber, Literatura Random House, 2019) Levy, combining autobiography with literary and feminist theory, establishes a dialogue with George Orwell’s influential essay Why I Write. She has also published a memoir, The Cost of Living: A Working Autobiography (in Spanish, El coste de vivir, Literatura Random House, 2019) in which, now as a mature woman, she reflects on femininity, writing, and life. Deborah Levy is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a member of the Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination (Paris) and has been a finalist for the Man Booker Prize several times.

Update: 13 May 2019

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Deborah Levy

With My Own Voice: Language, Literature, and the Politics of Silence

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With My Own Voice: Language, Literature, and the Politics of Silence