Soul Tourists

Soul Tourists

Penguin, 2005

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An experimental novel mixing prose, poetry, prose-poetry, scripts and other non-fiction devices. Soul Tourists is about a mismatched black British couple who go on an indefinite car journey across Europe and end up in the Middle East. The man, Stanley, meets ghosts of colour from European history along the way who transform his understanding of the continent and his sense of belonging. These include Pushkin and his African great-grandfather, the mixed-race Alessandro de’ Medici of Florence, the Chevalier de St. Georges, Mary Seacole and Hannibal of Carthage.

‘A rollercoaster road movie in print where the language twists and turns more than a path through the Pyrenees. Evaristo crosses the border between prose,poetry and film script and exposes the hidden face of black European history in the process.’

– Books of the Year, Independent on Sunday

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