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Diary of a Steak, Levy’s witty take on the hysteria surrounding ‘Mad Cow Disease’ is both highly amusing and deeply disturbing. Written in the form of the diary of a steak in a butcher’s shop, the narrative charts a progression into madness. Using typographical errors, omissions and forays into other languages, Deborah Levy describes a ‘mind that has been symbolically culled’.
Referencing Freud, psychoanalysis, Jean-Martin Charcot, the English pride in madness and the herd mentality, Diary of a Steak is both thought-provoking and poignant.
Author of the Man Booker Prize shortlisted Swimming Home (2012), Debora Levy is an established playwright, novelist and poet.