Lors du commerce triangulaire, quand une femme tombait enceinte sur un vaisseau négrier, elle était jetée à l'eau. Mais toutes ces femmes ne sont pas mortes, et celles qui ont survécu se sont adaptées à leur environnement et ont fondé une nouvelle civilisation au fond des mers. Depuis, les sirènes ont oublié cette histoire traumatique.
Un jour, l'une d'entre elles, Yetu, va leur rendre la mémoire...
__________________________ '' Sorrowland is a wonderland of fantastical and frightening, magical and real. At the centre of this world and leaping off the page is Vern: unstoppable, unforgettable, and unlike anyone you have ever seen before.'' MARLON JAMES, Booker Prize-winning author Vern, a Black woman with albinism, is hunted after escaping a religious compound, then she discovers that her body is changing and that she is developing extra-sensory powers. Alone in the woods, she gives birth to twins and raises them away from the influence of the outside world. But something is wrong - not with them, but with her own body. It''s itching, it''s stronger, it''s... not normal. To understand her body''s metamorphosis, Vern must investigate not just the secluded religious compound she fled but the violent history of dehumanisation, medical experimentation, and genocide that produced it. In the course of reclaiming her own darkness, Vern learns that monsters aren''t just individuals, but entire histories, systems, and nations.
The water-breathing descendants of African slave women tossed overboard have built their own underwater society-and must reclaim the memories of their past to shape their future in this brilliantly imaginative novella inspired by the Hugo Award-nominated song 'The Deep' from Daveed Diggs's rap group clipping. Yetu holds the memories for her people-water-dwelling descendants of pregnant African slave women thrown overboard by slave owners-who live idyllic lives in the deep. Their past, too traumatic to be remembered regularly, is forgotten by everyone, save one-the historian. This demanding role has been bestowed on Yetu. Yetu remembers for everyone, and the memories, painful and wonderful, traumatic and terrible and miraculous, are destroying her. And so, she flees to the surface, escaping the memories, the expectations, and the responsibilities-and discovers a world her people left behind long ago. Yetu will learn more than she ever expected to about her own past-and about the future of her people. If they are all to survive, they'll need to reclaim the memories, reclaim their identity-and own who they really are. Inspired by a song produced by the rap group Clipping for the This American Life episode 'We Are In The Future,' The Deep is vividly original and uniquely affecting.