Fisherman's Blues by Anna Badkhen
A West African Community at Sea

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Badkhen introduces us to the men and women who navigate cultural and environmental shifts that we can no longer ignore if we hope to maintain any sense of ecological harmony.
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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.

The sea is broken, fishermen say. The sea is empty. The genii have taken the fish elsewhere.

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.
 

About Anna Badkhen

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Published March 13, 2018 by Riverhead Books. 301 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by LAUREN LEBLANC on Mar 09 2018

Badkhen introduces us to the men and women who navigate cultural and environmental shifts that we can no longer ignore if we hope to maintain any sense of ecological harmony.

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