What happens when ana ccoutnant declares his love for an angel who has 'come to run her skin againt the regularity of his habits'? She has flown from Paradise to save him from the suburbs of Hell. He wrestles with the desire for romantic love while she attempts, with scornful wit, to shock him out of his commuter's habits and into an experience of ecstasy. Their amorous discourse explores the impossible love struggling to emerge between the small passion sof a suburban man and a shimmering, tattooed and acerbic angel who rejoices in the drama of uncertainty. Illustrated by the Polish artist Andrzej Borkowski, An Amorous Discourse in the Suburbs of Hell is a painful, melancholic and darkly funny exploration of incompatible ideas of love and happiness revealed through the counterpoint dialogue of angel and man.
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'I loved this effervescent dialogue between she and he, angel and accountant, wild desire and the (ever more desirable) quotidian. It's Deborah Levy at her wise, witty and playful best. Read it and be seduced away from (or back into) the suburbs of hell.' Lisa Appignanesi, author of All About Love -------- 'Levy just gets it entirely - the whole business of drab and yet compelling routine, and the fear of the inestimable, the longing nonetheless, the surrender each day to the ordinary, dispersing the dream, only to dream it again. An Amorous Discourse in the Suburbs of Hell encapsulates all of this, redeems the crumpled weary mortal, sends him into a wild realm of uncertainty, satirises him, lavishes him with affection. A crazily beautiful, astonishing, original work of art.' Joanna Kavenna, author of Come to the Edge -------- "Choppy and sparky, this sharply drawn dialogue plays out like an otherworldly soap opera. Levy's having fun and so will the reader." We Love This Book --------- 'Landing back in the UK, this autumn I'm looking forward to Deborah Levy's An Amorous Discourse in the Suburbs of Hell.' Joanna Walsh, 3am Magazine ------ 'Levy makes something singular of this typical love-stuff...like an indelible pop song, Levy's text chooses all the right, simple words with an uncanny melody - Discourse wastes no time doing anything but shaking you up.' Bookslut ------- 'It will delight readers.' Library Journal------'With one foot in prose, but wings pulling free into air, Deborah Levy's An Amorous Discourse in the Suburbs of Hell is a prose-poem about the line between prose and poetry.' Joanna Walsh, for Shakespeare and Company - Books of the Year 2014------About the Author:
Deborah Levy was born in 1969, studied theatre at Dartington College of Arts, and now lives in London. Her plays include Pax, which City Limits considered 'remarkable for its combination of intellectual rigour, poetic fantasy and visual imagination' and Heresies for the Royal Shakespeare Company, 'An ambitious, imaginative, sometimes funny, sometimes touching, passage across a terrain where moral parables and folk fancies meet' (Marina Warner, Independent). She has also published a collection of short stories, Ophelia and the Great Idea, and a novel, Beautiful Mutants, and, most recently, Swallowing Geography, all of which are published by Vintage.
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Book Description Vintage, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. A few small marks to the page edges. Good reading copy. Minor Shelfwear. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Bookseller Inventory # mon0003127637
Book Description Trafalgar Square. Book Condition: Acceptable. Used - Acceptable. Sticker on cover. Ex-library with wear and barcode page may have been removed. Bookseller Inventory # Z1-Q-039-02233
Book Description Aug 19, 1993. Book Condition: Used: Good. Ex-library book, usual markings. Clean copy, sound binding, first non-text page removed by library. Quick dispatch from UK seller. Bookseller Inventory # P04_0765_LE_07/14__
Book Description Vintage, London, 1993. Soft cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Andrzej Borkowski (illustrator). 1st Edition. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. previous owners name on end paper, otherwise a fine, clean copy of this scarce book of poetry. Bookseller Inventory # 001167