Sunday, April 03, 2005

If some of these mysterious goings-on remind you of Wilson Harris, the connection is not incidental. McWatt's Guyana is by and large Harris' metaphysical terrain; his settings are the Pomeroon, the Mazaruni, Kaiteur; characters experience "involuntary shudders" and "realize in a flash what they had known intuitively all along". And "Afternoon without Tears"--a strong "tribute" to Guyana's mythmaking genius--is so delightfully accessible, you could be forgiven for suspecting the writer is a Wilson Harris doppelganger.

-- Wyck Williams, writing online at Julie Mango about Suspended Sentences, Mark McWatt's new book of short stories. (I'd never have thought a writer's "accessibility" could bring Wilson Harris to mind.)

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