Indigo or Mapping The Waters
Translated into Dutch, German, French
Vintage (paperback) UK
Simon & Schuster USA
Inspired by The Tempest, Indigo traces the scars of colonialism across continents, family blood-lines and three centuries.
Rich, sensual and magical in its use of myths and farytales Indigo explores the intertwined histories of the Everard family and the imaginary Caribbean island where Ariel, Caliban, and his mother, the healer and dyer of indigo, Sycorax once lived.
A PDF of Derek Walcott’s hand-written introduction can be read here.
‘Her prose has never been so lyrical, as she yokes Shakespearean references, colonial history and her own sensual experience of the Caribbean with a powerful myth-making.’
‘A complex and glittering book’
‘Indigo explores the nature of power, the human cost of Empire and the theme of dislocation…vivid, gripping, intelligent.’
The Independent on Sunday
‘An extraordinary imaginative achievement’
Times Literary Supplement