Black Vodka by Deborah Levy

‘Kissing you is like new paint and old pain. It is like coffee and car alarms and a dim stairway and a stain and it's like smoke.’
(‘Placing a Call’)

Deborah Levy

Michèle Roberts

Price: £8.99 (print), £5 (ebook)


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And Other Stories

Publication date:
April 2017

How does love change us? And how do we change ourselves for love – or for lack of it? Ten stories by acclaimed author Deborah Levy explore these delicate, impossible questions. In Vienna, an icy woman seduces a broken man; in London, a bird mimics an old-fashioned telephone; in adland, a sleek copywriter becomes a kind of shaman. These are twenty-first century lives dissected with razor-sharp humour and curiosity, stories about what it means to live and love, together and alone.

 More Information

  • The title story of Black Vodka was shortlisted for the 2012 BBC International Short Story Award.
  • Deborah Levy’s novel Swimming Home (2011, And Other Stories) was shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize, 2012 Specsavers National Book Awards (UK Author of the Year) and 2013 Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize.
  • If you had subscribed to And Other Stories before this book went to the printers, you would have received one of the first copies of Black Vodka, in which all subscribers are thanked by name. Find out about subscribing to upcoming titles here.
  • The first edition of Black Vodka (originally published February 2013; ISBN 9781908276162) is still available for collectors of our original series look. To order it, speak to your local bookshop (in the UK, Europe & Commonwealth, excl Canada).


Praise for Black Vodka

  • ‘These tales of unconventional love reinforce Levy’s reputation as a major contemporary writer who never pulls her punches.’ The Independent
  • ‘Metropolitan and knowingly sophisticated.’ Sunday Times
  • ‘These ominous, odd, erotic stories burrow deep into your brain.’ Financial Times
  • ‘A collection of mischievous vignettes of Mitteleuropa.’ The Telegraph
  • ‘Like their protagonists, these stories are powerful because they are fragmentary, elliptical.’ The Guardian
  • ‘Levy’s pen is a volatile weapon.’ The Observer
  • ‘Levy sensitively conveys the phenomenology of textures, of skin and breath. Embedded in her coiled, polished sentences is the drive that pushes us together, and forces us apart.’ Times Literary Supplement

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