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Ancestry by Albert Wendt
Ancestry by Albert Wendt
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Albert Wendt's collection of short stories explores the nature of family, tradition and culture through the eyes of those seemingly caught between the realities of modern contemporary life and the ancestral ties of their heritage. With a deft touch, he draws us into his characters' lives, and with equal parts wisdom and wit, he exposes them to us. This is a masterful meditation on the ties that bind people together across time and place.

The unpublished manuscript of Ancestry was overall winner of the University of the South Pacific Press Literature Prize in 2011.

Albert Wendt is one of New Zealand’s and the Pacific’s major poets and novelists, and he has been an influential figure since the 1970s in the development of New Zealand and Pacific literature. He has published numerous novels and collections of poetry and short stories, and he has edited several notable anthologies of Pacific writing. His work has been translated into many languages and is taught around the world.

He has been awarded many literary prizes, the most recent being the 2010 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the South East Asia and Pacific Region for his novel The Adventures of Vela and the 2012 Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in Fiction. His many honours include the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit 2001, the Nikkei Asia Prize for Culture 2004, and, in 2013, New Zealand’s highest honour, the Order of New Zealand, which is held by only twenty people at any one time.

In 2012, the Aiga Sā-Maualaivao of Malie conferred on him their highest aliʻi title, Maualaivao, in a ceremony in Samoa. He is also a member of the Aiga Sā-Su’a of Lefaga, the Aiga Sā-Patu and Aiga Sā-Asi of Vaiala and Moataʻa.

Albert Wendt is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Auckland, and lives with his partner, Reina Whaitiri, in Ponsonby, Auckland, where he continues to write and paint full-time. Together they have twelve mokopuna and a cat called Mānoa.

Genre - Short Story

Pages - 314

Language -English

Publication Date - September 3, 2012

Dimensions - 140 x 210 mm

ISBN (Soft Cover) - 9781775500377