Deborah Levy quote

"I have never got a grip on when the past begins or where it ends, but if cities map the past with statues made from bronze forever frozen in one dignified position, as much as I try to make the past keep still and mind its manners, it moves and murmurs with me through every day."

Deborah Levy

Born: 1959

Occupation: Playwright

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