Twilight Island is a poetic contemplation of a time spent on a volcanic island. 

The book resonates with several subtexts of themes and cycles. A succession of vistas, from volcanic craters to desert plateaux, is juxtaposed with landmarks, memorials and recreational spaces where spectacles are set to unfold in a succession of endless tourism. A polarising axis is drawn between the earthly transformations over millennia, laid bare on this island, and the minute cycles of a summer season and the coming of age of two girls, my twin daughters. Within this brief reflective bracket lies the vast wilderness, an earthly stage on which generational rites and rituals come into being but to which, we remain largely oblivious to.

© Leslie Hakim-Dowek – 2020

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