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Things I Don't Want to Know

Audiobook
Nonfiction: Memoir
Unabridged   4 hour(s)
Publication date: 11/30/2021

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Things I Don't Want to Know

On Writing

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696605649

Summary

A shimmering jewel of a book about writing from two-time Booker Prize finalist Deborah Levy.

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A shimmering jewel of a book about writing from two-time Booker Prize finalist Deborah Levy

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 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; 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 listener into a writer's heart.

Author Bio

Deborah Levy trained at Dartington College of Arts before becoming a playwright. Her plays include Pax, Heresies, Clam, Call Blue Jane, Shiny Nylon, and Pushing the Prince into Denmark. She has also written several novels and was a Fellow in Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge, from 1989–1991.