Original title: Ultramarins
This is, without a doubt, the highlight of this rentrée littéraire. – Muriel Steinmetz, L’Humanité
Mariette Navarro succeeds in creating and sustaining a metaphysical vertigo […] Her ability to bring absolute uncertainty to life is formidably invigorating. – Zoé Courtois, Le Monde des livres
Ultramarins pushes us to the very edges of the narrative genre and throws us directly into the main characters’ turmoil. This fascinating novel sucks us in like the vast ocean it so aptly describes. We float somewhere between reality and fantasy and follow the beat of an unusual female ship captain and her cargo, presented to us like an old friend. A poetic and mesmerizing novel. Unexpectedly, aboard a ship crossing the Atlantic, the captain agreed to let the crew take a dip in the middle of the ocean, a stolen, fleeting dip.
Something changed during that unprecedented swim taken by everyone on board, except the captain herself, something that contaminated the rest of the trip. When everyone was back on board, it was like the crew had a new member. The boat itself became more and more independent. A simple business trip turned into a true adventure. On one side, the sailors – one single character with many voices; on the other, the captain. She was unaccustomed to going off-course. Together, they struggle to find their bearings and resume the trip they were scheduled to take.
- Longlisted for the Fnac literary prize, the Prix Les Inrockuptibles 2021, and the Prix Wepler-Fondation la Poste 2021, among others.