Deborah Levy - Ann Quin, Berg (1964)

Quin was an avant-garde British writer, working class, art school. Berg was the novel in which Quin put to work, in a very British way, her homage to the Nouveau Roman novelists she admired - with the bonus of humour and a ventriloquist's dummy that comes to a sticky end. Berg exported its oedipal themes and new literary grammar to seedy 60s Brighton in a vision that Hitchcock would have relished. 

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