JK, the central figure of SWALLOWING GEOGRAPHY is a 'disenfranchised free spirit': 'She is the wanderer, bum, emigre, refugee, deportee, rambler, strolling player. Sometimes she would like to be a settler, but curiosity, grief and disaffection forbid it'. Deborah Levy's brilliant, precise and often surreal imagination has created a world for JK: Her raging mother, Lilian Strauss and their relationship; a holiday in the Canary Islands for JK where Trotsky and Lenin materialize and talk to her about themselves and the human condition. Meetings - with friends, with strangers - punctuate SWALLOWING GEOGRAPHY. A novel for our times.