"Malcolm died, Leo died, Janet died. Now I knew I was alive . . . 2003 was the year I was sentenced to live."
This deliciously written memoir is a follow-up to Douglas's acclaimed 'Ghost Dance', which won the E. H. McCormick Best First Book of Non-fiction Award at the 2005 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. The narrative takes place in the couple of years since 'Ghost Dance' was written. In this new book Wright charts his journey through depression, despair and suicide to eventual resurrection, as he is 'sentenced to live' with HIV and without his best friends.
Part of the book is set in respite house for people with HIV, where we meet a rich array of characters coming to terms with their life sentences. The remainder of the book is a measured unfolding of the process behind the creation of Black Milk, Wright's new work of dance-theatre. Terra Incognito resonates with Wright's originality and black humour.