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Wendt, Albert 1939-

Works: 116 works in 493 publications in 6 languages and 8,718 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Poetry  Domestic fiction  Short stories, New Zealand  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Novels in verse  Drama  Literatures  Documentary films  Novels 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Honoree
Classifications: PR9665.9.W46, NZ823.2
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Photographs by Albert Wendt( )

14 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and held by 1,568 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Albert Wendt's new poems, his first collection for over a decade, snapshots of the close and familiar contrast with strange and mythical sequences from a vast Pacific epic in progress and a vivid impressionistic montage of global travel in the late twentieth century. The rich diversity and range of Photographs is astonishing, as this complex writer moves with ease and fluency from ancient Polynesia to contemporary China to family celebrations in an Auckland garden, and through a variety of tones and voices. The collection celebrates grandchildren, family, ancestors and a heritage that stretches back to the atua; and shows a profound and compassionate understanding of the ways we now live in these islands
The banyan by Albert Wendt( Book )

48 editions published between 1979 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 803 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A three-generation saga of a family in Western Samoa as it adjusts to New Zealand colonialism with its stress on material progress. The book won the 1980 New Zealand Wattie Book of the Year Award. By the author of The Birth and Death of the Miracle Man
From Mānoa to a Ponsonby garden by Albert Wendt( )

10 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and Ukrainian and held by 716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Hawaiʻi Wendt watches the changing shadows of the Koʻolau mountains from his verandah; considers the nature of mauli, the seat of life; walks protected in his partner's perfumed slipstream to work; and writes to fellow poet Hone Tuwhare from the excesses of Las Vegas. In the second half of the book we move to the garden in Ponsonby in 40 'garden' poems. Includes some of Wendt's inky, drawn poems about the Sāmoan tsunami or galu afi. A book about ageing and the consideration of death"--Publisher information
Sons for the return home by Albert Wendt( Book )

31 editions published between 1973 and 2010 in English and held by 434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A story of star-crossed lovers that spotlights the complex nature of love, freedom, and racism in New Zealand and Samoa. A lyrical, powerful story of cross-cultural encounter. Now considered a classic of Pacific Literature
Pouliuli by Albert Wendt( Book )

27 editions published between 1977 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Early on a drizzly Saturday morning Faleasa Osovae- the seventy-six-year-old titled head of the Aiga Faleasa, faithful husband of a devoted Felefele, stern but generous father of seven sons and five obedient daughters, and the most respected alii in the village of Malaelua- woke with a strange bitter taste in his mouth to fine . . . that everything and everybody. . . that till then had given meaning to his existence, now filled him with an almost unbearable feeling of revulsion.. . .And so begins an extraordinary reading experience!"-- back cover
Nuanua : Pacific writing in English since 1980 by Albert Wendt( Book )

19 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in English and held by 329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Prose (mainly fiction) and poetry in English from the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Soloman Islands, Tonga and Samoa"--Page 5
Flying-fox in a freedom tree by Albert Wendt( Book )

24 editions published between 1974 and 2011 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This early collection of eight short stories and a novella is vintage Wendt. Stories convey the unease of a traditional island community caught up in the rapid changes of the modern world."--Back cover
The birth and death of the miracle man : a collection of short stories by Albert Wendt( Book )

14 editions published between 1986 and 1991 in English and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Salepa, deserted by hsi wife and children, out of money and luck, is determined to use his one talent on the unfortunate inhabitants of the nearby town; Fiasola, a respected head teacher, who, in his forty-ninth year, feels the Miracle Man is being born and God has deserted him; Gabriel, now middle-aged, going through his dead father's papers, with his son, conjuring up the tragic history of his family ; and the self-styled Saviour who is obsessed with ridding his village of the Bad Smell - these are some of the ... characters who people Albert Wendt's new collection of short stories about his native Samoa. ..."--Jacket
The adventures of Vela by Albert Wendt( Book )

9 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The novel is about the fabulous adventures Vela who is a Samoan song maker, poet and chronicler who lives for three hundred years. The story takes the reader on a journey through the many stories and worlds of the immortal Vela. We follow him down through the centuries on his travels, encountering many different peoples and societies, and we read his accounts of Lady Nafanua, a fearsome warrior queen
The songmaker's chair by Albert Wendt( Book )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Auckland, one summer weekend. A family fused together by the energies of multicultural Aotearoa New Zealand faces meltdown as tensions build between migrant and New Zealand-born generations and between Samoan, Māori and Palagi family members
Mauri ola : contemporary Polynesian poems in English by Albert Wendt( Book )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mauri Ola: Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English is a follow-up volume to the highly acclaimed Whetu Moana, the first anthology of Polynesian poems in English edited by Polynesians. The new book includes poetry written over the last 25 years by more than 80 writers from Aotearoa, Hawai'i, Tonga, Samoa, the Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau, Tahiti and Rotuma? some living in these islands and some dispersed around the globe. Together with works by established and celebrated poets, the editors have introduced the fresh voices of a younger generation. The anthology includes selections from po
Whetū moana : contemporary Polynesian poems in English( Book )

6 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ola by Albert Wendt( Book )

13 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When Olamaiileoti Monroe takes her seventy-five-year-old father, Finau, on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, both are caught up in a search for udnerstanding of each other and the ties that bind them. Their story unfolds on an international stage--in Samoa, New Zealand, New York, and Israel--and opposes the modern selfishness of Ola to the moral complexity of Finau."--Page 4 of cover
Black rainbow by Albert Wendt( Book )

13 editions published between 1992 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Set in a future New Zealand where only the Citizen who asks no questions can achieve happiness, a renegade hero seeks to rescue his family in the State-sponsored Game of Life."--Back cover
Ancestry by Albert Wendt( Book )

6 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Albert Wendt has created a complex and unique fictional world inhabited by one of the richest assortments of characters in our literature. In this, his latest collection of short stories, he continues to explore the nature of love, family and culture through the lives of people caught between the sometimes violent and destructive realities of modern contemporary life, and the ancestral ties of their heritage. Set in the Pacific, including Hawai'i, Aotearoa/New Zealand and Samoa, the stories are told with insight, wisdom, humour and compassion
Lali : a Pacific anthology( Book )

11 editions published between 1980 and 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shaman of visions : poems by Albert Wendt( Book )

9 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and Italian and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The book of the black star by Albert Wendt( Book )

6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These short poems boldly combine words and images with extraordinary power, drawing on Samoan language and myth, on dreams and memories, and on the daily life of the poet. The density, complexity, variety, and movement of the lines perfectly express the central motif of the black star, a mysterious force that drives the collection
The mango's kiss by Albert Wendt( Book )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and French and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life in colonial Samoa in the 1880s is a time of change, as old structures and beliefs conflict with the modern, secular world. We follow Peleiupe, the daughter of a high-born and respected pastor, as she grows from girl into woman, from woman to matriarch
Breaking connections : a novel by Albert Wendt( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A dynamic group has emerged in Auckland whose members refer to themselves as the Tribe. Mainly Polynesian, they grow up together, rise from poverty and become successful professionals, bound by love and fierce loyalty. At the centre, is Aaron, who lives at the edge of danger, shady dealings and self-destruction. When Daniel, receives a call in Hawaii telling him that Aaron has been killed, he returns to New Zealand, and steps into the most dangerous crisis the Tribe has faced"--Publisher information
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Audience level: 0.43 (from 0.08 for Photograph ... to 0.85 for Sous le si ...)

The banyan
The banyanSons for the return homePouliuliNuanua : Pacific writing in English since 1980Flying-fox in a freedom treeThe adventures of VelaThe songmaker's chairMauri ola : contemporary Polynesian poems in English
Alternative Names
Albert Wendt dichter uit Samoa

Albert Wendt samoanischer Dichter und Schriftsteller

Albertus Wendt

Maualaivao Albert Wendt 1939-

Альберт Вендт

Вендт, Альберт

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