Portuguese Sailor Boy

By David Appelbaum

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Portuguese Sailor Boy is a fragmentary history of the bloodline of the Portuguese explorer, Vasco de Gamma. The bloodline motif plays out in a series of scenes of an unnamed contemporary relation—in symbolic forms like nautical maps and paint-by-numbers frigates. The narrative centers on the wayfaring of his character, which reveals a life of accidental achievement as well as unadvertised follies, and neither ascends nor descends to an end.

David Appelbaum has previously worked at a University as well as in publishing. His most recent books include notes on water: an aqueous phenomenology [Monkfish, 2018].

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