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

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 Grenfell Fairhead is an artist, writer, poet and lyricist. She was born in the United Kingdom in 1939 and has lived most of her life in South Africa. After her first visit to New Mexico in the early 1990s it became her second home. She made many extended visits over a period of twenty years, staying in her casita close to Black Mesa. Many of her poems and haiku were inspired by that landscape, as well as some of her prose writings, and her trilogy of novels. She lives in Cape Town now. Her most recent books are Rio Abajo Rio/River Beneath River – a poetically written, post-creation myth and KIN, her collected poems.

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