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Fisherman's Blues by Anna Badkhen

Fisherman’s Blues

Fisherman's Blues by Anna Badkhen
Mar 13, 2018 | 304 Pages
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“Evocative [and] hauntingly beautiful…a moving tribute to a traditional way of life facing enormous change.” Publisher’s Weekly (starred)

“Badkhen is a spellbinding writer, her observations at once hypnotic and elegiac, witnessing a fragile community just barely getting by.” -Booklist

“Lyrical, precise, and lucent…a highly absorbing chronicle of a transcendent journey.” -Kirkus

“Badkhen’s keen observation and participatory research results in a book that gives readers a glimpse into what will be lost.”  -Library Journal

“This book is a peek at a side of West Africa few of us have seen or will ever see. It’s about much more than the depletion of the waters, or how the habits of powerful nations hamstring other ways of life. This is the story of a community full of love and strife and humor, teenagers who die too young, women who understand life, men who tell bad jokes and believe in superstitions that come true, who pray to a kind God many of us don’t believe in or know. Their way of life is an ode to humanity, and I’m so glad Anna Badkhen, one of the most creative and important non-fiction writers in our era, has allowed us to know them.” James McBride 

“Anna Badkhen’s Fisherman’s Blues is, for me, a work of quiet genius. The author has an uncanny ability to address some of the most complex of modern human problems — food shortages, human ambition, family relations—while, at the same time, conveying the spiritual awareness and binding allegiance and love that characterize an enduring community of fishing families on the coast of Senegal. Her keenly observed descriptions of the sea are startling and gorgeous, and her patient consideration of what matters most in human life is unexpectedly hopeful.” Barry Lopez
“A masterpiece. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the natural world captured so authentically. Badkhen makes it immediate, vivid, vital–sacred, actually. She is digging down into the truth of human experience on the planet at this time, and the book resonates with all our time on the planet.” Ben Fountain

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