In at the deep end…
What is it like to get off the plane and suddenly be in Brazil for the first time? You are in a different world where you can’t understand the language, recognise the smells, the tastes. The sounds and sights are all new, it is hot, really hot and humid. Nothing is the same – it is overwhelming, confusing yet exhilarating at the same time.
That is what is meant to happen when you turn to the first page of Jabujicaba. You are in strange house just waking up with the day, in the lush Atlantic Rainforest, on the beach. Time isn’t the same as ours – it is African, circular and ‘slow’ for us who are accustomed to rushing around. Who are all the people? There is a death, a man with a gun in the undergrowth and suddenly the fast cut and thrust of politics, corruption and big business.
You have to stay alert as the reader, to find your way through the twists and turns of the plots and recognise the deceptions and self-deceptions of the characters as they themselves try to work out the meaning of it all. Jabujicaba is written in a Latin American style of Magic Realism – spirits move with the living and the forest has a secret…
Jabujicaba is an eco-thriller set in Brazil: the country is on the verge of bankruptcy and the president is auctioning off the Amazon forest.
Carmen Macedo, a journalist from London is sent to investigate an environmental disaster for her paper. She finds herself on a mission to save the country of her birth and is forced to confront tragic events in her childhood.
Carmen’s journey takes her through the apocalyptic cities of Brazil, into the deepest Amazon and the darkest rooms of her mind. She meets colourful and challenging characters, encounters ‘savage’ Indians, faces nature’s wildest obstacles and finds herself drawn to the mysterious Braga who has links with the secretive Forest Liberation Front.
The plot weaves in and out of myths and legends, fact and fiction and the stories the characters tell about themselves and each other. It asks fundamental questions about who we are in this world.