In the hot and hedonistic atmosphere of Toucan Bay, a Caribbean enclave on the planet Kunu Supia, the legendary hustler of bootleg melanin Joe Sambucus Nigra returns from the desert with a price on his head. Waiting for him at the seafront brothel and nightclub Houdini's, are several of his enemies including his arch nemesis, the gargantuan hired assassin Bo Nuggy. An unnamed, semi omniscient narrator relates the sequence of events that unfold at Houdini's the night of Joe Sam's long awaited return. His story is interrupted by periodic hallucinations or genetic flashbacks that take the reader on a journey from ancient Iere to Kunu Supia, via present day Trinidad. And in which the past, present and future coalesce into a more expansive narrative that reveals his own history through time and space. The twenty-four chapters that comprise The African Origins Of UFOs were written over a five year period.
The text is a time shifting narrative in poetic prose and poetry that fuses elements of Science Fiction, surrealism, metafiction, Trinidadian history and mythology, to explore issues of exile, race and genetic memory, all told in a fresh and innovative language, infused with the speech rhythms of Trinidad. It blends the diasporic with the avant-garde into something which can only be called "afropsychedelic noir."
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Author Biography - Anthony Joseph
Anthony Joseph is a Trinidad- born poet, novelist, musician and lecturer described as 'the leader of the black avant-garde in Britain'. His written work and performance moves between surrealism, experiments with language and form, Jazz and the rhythms of Caribbean speech and music. He is the author of four poetry collections and a novel The African Origins of UFOs. In 2005 he was selected by the Arts Council of England and Renaissance One as one of 50 Black and Asian writers who have made major contributions to contemporary British literature. In 2012 he represented Trinidad at the Poetry Parnassus Festival on London's South Bank. He performs internationally and tours with his band The Spasm Band with which he has released four critically acclaimed albums. His fifth album Time was produced by Meshell Ndgeocello and will be released in Spring 2014.