Feminist memoir deploys symbolism to blur the life lines

A compact volume of 186 pages, The Cost of Living spills over with ideas, observation and interrogation

6th May, 2018
Deborah Levy has written a memoir full of ideas, observation and interrogation Pic: Getty

Memoir: The Cost of Living, By Deborah Levy, Hamish Hamilton/ Penguin, €16.45

‘If I ever felt free enough to write my life as I felt it, would the point be to feel more real?” The playwright, poet and novelist Deborah Levy asks this question near the close of The Cost of Living, the second in a trilogy of ‘living autobiographies’ (Things I Don’t Want To Know was about the author’s 40s. A book...

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