ISBN 9781928433323
Pages 158
Dimensions 198 x 129mm
Published 2021
Publisher Hands-On Books, South Africa
Format Hardback

Rio Abajo Rio

by Barbara Fairhead

This remarkable tale is a powerful reimagining of our species' unfolding and its future potential. Rio Abajo Rio is many things at once - part post-creation myth, part evocation of the first words ever spoken, it is simultaneously a projection of a post-apocalyptic society. This brave book is not easily described because Barbara Fairhead's narrative defies linearity in time and telling. The narration transports readers to a time and place when language was in formation and identity was fluid. Characters morph and shift with their emerging consciousness.

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"In this book, Barbara Grenfell Fairhead has successfully captured quicksilver - the inchoate, the unintelligible, the mystery of the landscape of the primordial mind. It is an extraordinary achievement. The only other book that came to mind while reading it is the award-winning book, Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban. Her book takes us even deeper into the early landscape of language and the earliest human earth."

Julian Roup, (journalist and author of Life in a Time of Plague)

About the Author

Barbara Fairhead

Barbara Fairhead was born in the UK in 1939, and has lived in South Africa since 1948. She is an artist, sculptor, fiction writer, and the lyricist for the band Red Earth & Rust. She has published two books of poetry: And Now You Have Leapt Up To Swallow the Sun (1997) and Word and Bead: The Presentation of a Journey (2001). Of Death and Beauty, her first novel, was published in 2013 by Sunstone Press, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Its sequel, Whereof One Cannot Speak, will be published later in 2017. 

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