Palace of the Peacock (Faber Editions)
- Author Wilson Harris
- Narrator Don Warrington
- Publisher Faber & Faber
- Run Time 3 hours and 49 minutes
- Format Audio
- Genre Classic fiction, Fiction: general and literary, Literary studies: fiction, novelists and prose writers, Speculative fiction.
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What to expect
A radical landmark in Caribbean literature, reissued with a new foreword by Jamaica Kincaid to mark Wilson Harris’ centenary: this visionary masterpiece tracing the dreamlike voyage of a riverboat crew through the jungle defies definition sixty years on.
I dreamt I awoke with one dead seeing eye and one living closed eye …
A crew of men are embarking on a voyage up a turbulent river through the rainforests of Guyana. Donne, their wild, domineering leader is obsessed with hunting for a mysterious woman and exploiting indigenous people as plantation labour. But their expedition is plagued by tragedies, haunted by drowned ghosts: spectres of the crew themselves, inhabiting a blurred shadowland between life and death. As their journey into the interior – their own hearts of darkness – deepens, it assumes a spiritual dimension, guiding them towards a new destination: the Palace of the Peacock …
A modernist fever dream; hallucinatory prose poem; modern myth; elegy to victims of colonial conquest: Wilson Harris’ visionary masterpiece has defied definition for over sixty years, and is reissued for a new generation of readers.
‘An exhilarating experience … Makes visions real and reality visions … Genius.’ Jamaica Kincaid
‘The Guyanese William Blake . [Such] poetic intensity.’ Angela Carter
‘Staggering … Brilliant and terrifying.’ The Times
‘Amazing … Masterly … Near-miraculous.’ Observer
‘One of the great originals … Visionary … Dazzlingly illuminating.’ Guardian
‘Perhaps the most inimitable [writer] produced in the English-speaking Caribbean.’ Fred D’Aguiar
‘An extraordinary writer … Courageous and visionary … It speaks to us in tongues.’ Pauline Melville