Sailor is the story of a monkey in Belfast during the Blitz in 1941, a book about familial love and loss, the illusion of trust, the failure of social mobility and the pressing desire to escape from nature. The eponymous Sailor is a two-year old vervet, smuggled from Freetown by Merchant Seaman Mick as a Christmas present for his wife Maureen. The book is narrated by Sailor in first person Belfast dialect, as an internal monologue: his voice is absurdist, idiosyncratic and richly textured.
Author Maria Fusco is a Belfast-born writer, critic and editor based in London. Her short stories, The Mechanical Copula, (Sternberg Press Berlin/New York: 2010) have been published in both English and French. Her recent screenplay Gonda, commissioned by Film London, with Austrian artist Ursula Mayer, premiered in April 2012. Gonda will be published as a cine-roman in November and performed as an opera at 21er Haus, Vienna in October 2013. Maria is Director of Art Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London and Editor of the semi-annual journal, The Happy Hypocrite. She is currently working on Donald, a book of short stories based on ten film roles of actor Donald Sutherland, commissioned by Collective in Edinburgh, and also researching her next novel Heart of a Peach, about a hydro-electric power station in Scotland and explosives experts from Donegal. Her website is here.