Once Were Warriors
Alan Duff's groundbreaking first novel is one of the most talked about books ever published in New Zealand and now the basis of a major New Zealand film. This hard hitting story is a frank and uncompromising portrayal of Maoris in New Zealand society. It is a raw and powerful story in which everyone is a victim until the strength and vision of one woman transcends brutality and leads the way to a new life.
- Paperback | 208 pages
- 129 x 198 x 13mm | 149g
- 14 Sep 2009
- Vintage Publishing
- London, United Kingdom
Once Were Warriors is Alan Duff's harrowing vision of his country's indigenous people two hundred years after the English conquest. In prose that is both raw and compelling, it tells the story of Beth Heke, a Maori woman struggling to keep her family from falling apart, despite the squalor and violence of the housing projects in which they live. Conveying both the rich textures of Maori tradition and the wounds left by its absence, Once Were Warriors is a masterpiece of unblinking realism, irresistible energy, and great sorrow.
A searing look at the urban subculture of New Zealand's native people
A searing look at the urban subculture of New Zealand's native people * Toronto Globe and Mail * A starkly realistic account...as important, as frank, as powerful a book as [Alice Walker's The Color Purple] was for Americans * Dominion (New Zealand) *
About Alan Duff
Alan Duff was born in 1950 and lives with his wife and four children in Havelock North, New Zealand. He has published six novels, most notably, the Once Were Warriors trilogy; a novella, State Ward; and six works of non-fiction, including the controversial Maori: The Crisis and the Challenge. Once Were Warriors won the PEN Best First Book for Fiction Award and was made into an internationally acclaimed film for which Alan Duff wrote the original screenplay.