A Co-authored Experimental Novel About Colonialism, Bitcoin, and How to Tell Stories That Are Not Yours to Tell.
Edinburgh 2014. Two writer friends, Damaris and Oliver Pablo, escape London, the city that killed his brother. They spend their days trying to get to the library, bickering over their tanking bitcoin, failing to write or resist the sadness. Then they meet Diego, a poet. He tells them he is named for his mother’s island in the Chagos Archipelago, which she and her community were forced to leave by British soldiers in 1973. Damaris and Oliver Pablo become obsessed with this notorious episode and the continuing resistance of the Chagossian people, and want to write in solidarity. But how to share a story that is not theirs to tell? And how to account for a loss not theirs to grieve? A tragicomedy interrogating the powers of literature alongside the crimes of the British government, Diego Garcia is a collaborative fiction that opens up possibilities for the novel and seeks other ways of living together.
»As affecting as it is intellectually agile, Diego Garcia achieves what few novels even aim at – it opens up fresh ways of reading both history and fiction.«
Pankaj Mishra, author of Run and Hide
»Diego Garcia is a beautiful, poignant, anarchic experiment in col- laboration and collectivity. This novel does wonderful, innovative things to form and to politics – to style, to voice, to creolization, to propaganda and power and archipelic thinking – and especially to the denials inbuilt to British novels and British politics. Somehow it finds a way of exposing Britain’s ongoing shameful occupation of the Chagos Islands while also being a document of literary resistance and originality. It offers models for future thinking.«
Adam Thirlwell, author of Lurid and Cute
»Diego Garcia is an important and highly original work, incredibly well-researched and thought-through.«
Philippe Sands, author of The Last Colony
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Natasha Soobramanien, British-Mauritian, and Luke Williams, Scottish, are the authors of Genie and Paul (Myriad Editions, 2012) and The Echo Chamber (Hamish Hamilton, 2011), respectively. They used to live in Edinburgh but Natasha now lives in Brussels and Luke in Cove. They met on the Creative Writing MA at UEA, where they were taught by W. G. Sebald.
Luke Williams, Scottish, and Natasha Soobramanien, British-Mauritian, are the authors of Genie and Paul (Myriad Editions, 2012) and The Echo Chamber (Hamish Hamilton, 2011), respectively. They used to live in Edinburgh but Natasha now lives in Brussels and Luke in Cove. They met on the Creative Writing MA at UEA, where they were taught by W. G. Sebald.