The Adventures of Vela
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286pp. October 2009
The Adventures of Vela
Author: Wendt, Albert;
Winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Southeast Asia/Pacific region)

"We are the remembered cord that stretches across the abyss of all that we’ve forgotten," sang Vela.

Journey through the many stories and worlds of the immortal Vela, the Samoan song maker, poet, and storyteller—Vela, who was so red and ugly at birth they called him the Cooked; Vela the lonely admirer of pigs and the connoisseur of feet; Vela the lover of song maker Mulialofa. Follow Vela down through centuries as he encounters the single-minded society of the Tagata-Nei and the Smellocracy of Olfact and recounts the stories of Lady Nafanua, the fearless warrior queen, before whom travelling chroniclers still bow down today.

A Pacific epic, this novel stretches hundreds of years before the arrival of Papalagi to the present day and fuses the great indigenous oral traditions of storytelling and Western poetry.

For sale only in the U.S., its dependencies, Canada, and Mexico

17 illus.

"The Adventures of Vela is a tour de force that drives you to reconsider not only relations between the divine and the earthly, the dominated and the dominant, and the teller and the told, but also how narrative can sing its heart out." —The Listener (8 August 2009)
Author: Wendt, Albert;
Albert Wendt is the foremost Pacific novelist, writer, and poet. He has published numerous novels, collections of poetry, collections of short stories, and anthologies and has been influential in developments that have shaped New Zealand and Pacific literature since the 1970s. He is emeritus professor at the University of Auckland.



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