Elsa M. Anderson, a celebrated concert pianist, deviates from a recital of Rachmaninov into two minutes of her own composition, and is now in Greece questioning everything: her supposed adoption, an upbringing by mentor Arthur Goldstein, and that performance in Vienna.
Encounters with a ‘double’ that track Elsa’s itinerant work and life in Athens, London and Paris unravels our idea of what we consider identity to be. Details are layered as the narrative veers between the comic and something darker and more internal.
Deborah Levy has returned with another stylish offering full of doubles: the inner dialogue between Elsa and Elsa, the relationship between Arthur and Elsa, and what it is to be and what it is to create.
August Blue; Deborah Levy