Zechariah Stevenson, son of a wealthy businessman, is the watchman at a timber grant deep in the Guyanese interior. In flight from the scandal of a fraud and the connected disappearance of his mistress, Stevenson isolates himself in the forest, which he discovers is disturbingly alive and conscious.
Wilson Harris
ISBN number
Caribbean Modern Classics
Fiction, Novel
Country setting
Publication date
01 May 2009

In this vulnerable state old certainties crumble. But he is guided by three ghostly revenants from Harris’s previous novels: Kaiser who has become the storekeeper of the heartland; Petra a pregnant Amerindian woman and Da Silva, the pork-knocker, whose second death points Stevenson in the direction of a journey that crosses the boundaries between life and death. Harris, who was for many years a surveyor in the Guyanese hinterland, creates a powerfully physical sense of the complex relationship between the human and the natural worlds.

Unquestionably one of the Caribbean’s most original and visionary writers, Wilson Harris has published an extensive body of fiction, poetry and criticism. He was born in Guyana and has been resident in the UK since 1959.

This new edition is introduced by Michael Mitchell.


Wilson Harris

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Wilson Harris on 8 March 2018. One of the Caribbean's leading writers, Wilson Harris was born in New Amsterdam in British Guiana, with a background which embraces African, European and Amerindian ancestry.
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