The Guyanese Wanderer by Jan Carew
Stories (The Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature)

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"This is a stunning collection. Mesmerizing. Carew's foreshadowing is so deft, so subtle, we begin to ache before we should. We swat swamp mosquitoes as we sit around the smoke-fire with granite-faced Doorne and his sons, sensing peril. and we understand seduction before we are drawn into it. Carew's eloquence is irresistible; his ear for retrieving language so precise, so respectful, we nod comfortably at old friends. Nuh? This experience under a full Guyanese moon is exquisite; is memory recovered. As a matter of fact, Carew transcends academics or mere creativity when he does the impossible: returns to the past with us as tagalongs."
—Mari Evans, author of Continuum and Clarity: (A Poet's Perspective)

Jan Carew combines Caribbean folklore, ghost story, adventure tale, and literature of European exile to create a spirited dialect and colloquial voice that startles and delights; he’s comfortable confronting anything, racial prejudice or whimsical fable, the natural world or city slum.


About Jan Carew

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Carew, born in Guyana, studied at Howard University, Western Reserve University, Charles University in Prague, and the Sorbonne in Paris. In London he was broadcaster, writer, and editor with the BBC. Author of six novels and a multitude of plays, poetry, articles, and stories, he has resided in Mexico, England, France, Spain, Ghana, Canada, and lives in Louisville, Kentucky.
Published July 1, 2007 by Sarabande Books. 107 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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Lyrical short stories capture the personality of author Carew (Ghosts in Our Blood: With Malcolm X in Africa, England, and the Caribbean, 1995, etc.), his South American-Caribbean homeland and its people.

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The last three stories pursue a West Indian man in exile, Cesar, who emigrated to Britain during WWII and remains in London as part of a “colonial old-timer” community, suffering enduring discrimination and eager to return home.

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The 10 stories in The Guyanese Wanderer are driven by Jan Carew's characters, from Tengar, who's struggling to understand his younger brother's death, to the fiercely independent Belle, who defies authority, even at her own funeral.

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