Deborah Levy: August Blue


Wednesday 3rd May 2023, 7pm, £10

**SLIGHT VENUE CHANGE** The Tobacco Factory Theatres, Factory Theatre, Raleigh Road, Bristol, BS3 1TF (click here for a map)

It’s our honour and pleasure to welcome the incomparable Deborah Levy back to Storysmith for the second time! This time around she will be discussing her typically virtuosic new novel August Blue. We’re so excited to hear more about this delightfully disorientating and humane work.

Pre-order your hardback copy of August Blue (rrp £18.99) for a special discounted price with your ticket, then collect on the night!

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About Deborah Levy

Deborah Levy is the author of eight novels: Beautiful Mutants, Swallowing Geography, The Unloved, Billy and Girl, Swimming Home, Hot Milk, The Man Who Saw Everything, and August Blue. She has been shortlisted twice for the Booker Prize. Her work is widely translated. She is also the author of a formally innovative and emotionally daring trilogy of memoirs, a living autobiography on writing, gender politics and philosophy. The first two volumes, Things I Don’t Want to Know and The Cost of Living, won the Prix Femina Etranger 2020. The final volume, Real Estate, published in 2021, won The Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose. Deborah Levy is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

About August Blue

‘If she was my double and I was hers, was it true that she was knowing, I was unknowing, she was sane, I was crazy, she was wise, I was foolish? That summer, the air was electric between us as we transmitted our feelings to each other across three countries.’

Elsa M. Anderson is a classical piano virtuoso. In a flea market in Athens, she watches an enigmatic woman buy two mechanical dancing horses.

Is it possible that the woman who is so enchanted with the horses is her living double? Is she also looking for reasons to live? Chasing their doubles across Europe, the two women grapple with their conceptions of the world and each other, culminating in a final encounter in a fateful summer rainstorm.

A vivid portrait of a long-held identity coming apart, August Blue expands our understanding of the ways in which we seek to find ourselves in others and create ourselves anew.

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