Presaging the style and form of her Man Booker-shortlisted Swimming Home, The Unloved is a pivotal novel in Levy's career, first published in 1994 and reissued now for a new generation of readers.
The Unloved is a hypnotising novel by the Man Booker-shortlisted writer Deborah Levy.
A group of hedonistic West European tourists gather to celebrate Christmas in a remote French chateau. Then an Englishwoman is brutally murdered, and the sad, eerie child Tatiana declares she knows who did it.
The subsequent inquiry into the death proves to be more of an investigation into the nature of love, insatiable rage and sadistic desire. The Unloved offers a bold and revealing look at some of the events that shaped European and African history, and the perils of a future founded on concealed truth.
Praise for Deborah Levy:
“Deborah Levy's storytelling is allusive, elliptical and disturbing. Her touch is gentle, often funny and always acute”
“One of the few contemporary British writers comfortable on a world stage”
“A brave and brilliant book”
Independent on The Unloved
“An exciting writer, sharp and shocking as the knives her characters wield”