Sons For The Return Home: Popular Penguins

Sons For The Return Home: Popular Penguins

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Samoan-born Albert Wendt was working as a teacher in Samoa when he wrote the autobiographical Sons for the Return Home, first published in 1973. It is the story of a cross-racial romance between a Samoan student at Auckland University, the son of migrant parents, and the daughter of a wealthy palagi family. It was an instant bestseller and was later made into a successful movie.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 111 x 183 x 15mm | 147g
  • Penguin Group (NZ)
  • Penguin Books (NZ)
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • 014320601X
  • 9780143206019
  • 352,308

About Albert Wendt

Albert Wendt, novelist, poet, short story writer and artist, is of the Aiga Sa-Maualaivao of Malie and the Aiga Sa-Patu of Vaiala of Samoa. He first came to New Zealand in 1952, where he went to high school, teachers training college and university. Later he was Principal of Samoa College and Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Pacific Literature at the University of the South Pacific. Before retiring, he was Professor of English at the University of Auckland and at the University of Hawaii. He has published numerous novels and collections of poems as well as short stories, which often feature his own artwork. Wendt is interested in issues regarding indigenous peoples, and promotes and fosters Pacific writing. Wendt's epic novel Leaves of the Banyan Tree (1979) won the 1980 New Zealand Book Awards. The Mango's Kiss combines the passionate story-telling of that novel with the philosophical complexity of his subsequent works. Sixteen years in the writing, it is a powerful story focused on Samoa and reaching out to New Zealand and the world beyond. He has edited and co-edited many important anthologies of Pacific writing, including Whetu Moana, the first anthology of contemporary indigenous Polynesian poetry written in English to be edited by Polynesians. His latest literary prizes include his novel The Adventures of Vela won the 2010 Commonweal
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