Fisherman's Blues: A West African Community at Sea

Fisherman's Blues: A West African Community at Sea

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An intimate account of life in a West African fishing village, tugged by currents ancient and modern, and dependent on an ocean that is being radically transformed.

For centuries, fishermen have launched their pirogues from the Senegalese port of Joal, where the fish used to be so plentiful a man could dip his hand into the grey-green ocean and pull one out as big as his thigh. But in an Atlantic decimated by overfishing and climate change, the fish are harder and harder to find.

Here, Badkhen discovers, all boundaries are permeable--between land and sea, between myth and truth, even between storyteller and story. Fisherman's Blues immerses us in a community navigating a time of unprecedented environmental, economic, and cultural upheaval with resilience, ingenuity, and wonder.

ISBN: 9781594634871

Published Date: March 12, 2019

Publisher: Riverhead Books

Language: English

Page Count: 287

Size: 8.27" l x 5.46" w x 0.76" h