Welcome to Eco-fiction.com’s and Dragonfly’s global eco-fiction series. In Part 10, hosted at Dragonfly, we travel to the West Indies as I spotlight Anna Burke and her novel Compass Rose (Bywater Books, 2018), which the author explained is a dystopian high-seas adventure that examines climate refugees, changing ocean ecosystems, and ways humanity might adapt to rising, warmer oceans while also following the protagonist as she comes of age in an unforgiving—but highly relatable—world.
I’ve been enjoying Adam Kirsch’s The Global Novel: Writing the World in the 21st Century.
In his book, Kirsch states:
The global novel exists, not as a genre separated from and opposed to other kinds of fiction, but as a perspective that governs the interpretation of experience. In this way, it is faithful to the way the global is actually lived–not through the abolition of place, but as a theme by which place is mediated. Life lived here is experienced in its profound and often unsettling connections with life lived elsewhere, and everywhere. The local gains dignity, and significance, insofar as it can be seen as a part of a worldwide phenomenon.
One of the things eco-fiction is concerned about is the environmental destruction of the planet. World eco-fiction lifts the gaze above the norm and into a worldly perspective in which authors and artists understand that ecological collapse is both a global concern and a local one. In essence, it’s something everyone is or will be affected by, yet in different ways. It’s this concept that drives the new global eco-fiction series. I’ve always been intrigued by diversity yet common ground–cultural differences yet universal understandings. I believe in travel through imagination, people world-round working together to mitigate such catastrophes as climate change, extinction, and dwindling biodiversity.
The featured image is Anna Burke in Saint Kitts.