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ISBN-10: 0571368077
ISBN-13: 9780571368075
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publish Date: 02/08/2022
Dimensions: 7.70" L, 5.10" W, 1.40" H

The Guyana Quartet

Foreword by: Ishion Hutchinson

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Price: $19.95

Overview

This dreamlike masterpiece is a radical landmark in modern literature, reissued with a foreword by poet Ishion Hutchinson to mark Wilson Harris’ centenary.

I dreamt I awoke with one dead seeing eye and one living closed eye …

British Guiana. An ancient landscape of rainforests and swamplands; a colony haunted by the enduring legacies of slavery and murder.

A riverboat crew led charts a quest seeking indigenous peoples to exploit as plantation labour; but their journey becomes a spiritual voyage towards the Palace of the Peacock …

A genius money-lender, illegitimate child, and beggar become entangled in a strange drama that illuminates how slavery’s descendants struggle to achieve true freedom …

A man accused of a murder he didn’t commit is on the run in the jungle swamplands; but as his innocence is disputed, he stages his death, entering a hallucinatory otherworld …

A government surveyour captaining a boat crew encounters an elderly local man who accuses him of unfair dealings and threatens rebellion, building to a nightmarish climax …

Reissued as a new omnibus with a foreword by Ishion Hutchinson to mark Sir Wilson Harris’ centenary, The Guyana Quartet – The Palace of the Peacock, The Far Journey of Oudin, The Whole Armour and The Secret Ladder – is a dazzling, mythic, epic masterpiece, as revolutionary today as it was over half a century ago.

The Guyanese William Blake … [Such] poetic intensity. — Angela Carter

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Perhaps the most inimitable [writer] produced in the English-speaking Caribbean. – Fred D'Aguiar

Amazing ... Masterly ... Near-miraculous. – Observer

Staggering ... Both brilliant and terrifying. – Times

An extraordinary writer ... Courageous and visionary ... It speaks to us in tongues. – Pauline Melville

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Details

ISBN-10: 0571368077
ISBN-13: 9780571368075
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publish Date: 02/08/2022
Dimensions: 7.70" L, 5.10" W, 1.40" H
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