By Anna Badkhen
The sea is damaged, fishermen say. the ocean is empty. The genii have taken the fish elsewhere.
For centuries, fishermen have introduced their pirogues from the Senegalese port of Joal, the place the fish was so abundant a guy may dip his hand into the grey-green ocean and pull one out as tremendous as his thigh. yet in an Atlantic decimated through overfishing and weather switch, the fish are tougher and more durable to discover.
Here, Badkhen discovers, all barriers are permeable--between land and sea, among delusion and fact, even among storyteller and tale. Fisherman's Blues immerses us in a neighborhood navigating a time of extraordinary environmental, fiscal, and cultural upheaval with resilience, ingenuity, and wonder.
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