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This is an auction for THE MATRIARCH by Witi Ihimaera.

From the NZ Electronic Text Centre's site:

"Since its first publication in 1986, The Matriarch by Witi Ihimaera has been classed as one of the most political novels to date written by a Maori writer. Mark Williams, in his essay "Witi Ihimaera and the Politics of Epic", calls the novel "politically engaged", "angry", and "antagonistic". The novel spans over 150 years of Pakeha occupation of New Zealand and weaves a complex variety of literary styles and sources together. Much attention has been given to the way these conflicting stylistic tendencies add or detract from the overall success of the novel but there is one strand in particular that has not been looked at in any depth. The oral narratives relating to Te Kooti and Rua Kenana which Ihimaera threads through The Matriarch and its sequel, The Dream Swimmer, are used by the author to make some of the strongest political comments to be found in the two novels . . . " review:

"This fascinating book, part historical, part current, will give you an insight into Maori culture and it's importance to New Zealand, while sweeping you along with it's captivating story. However, if you're badly arachnophobic you may want to skip some bits! Witi Ihimaera is one of New Zealand's greatest living writers. His ability to show the ideas and feelings underpinning Maori culture are priceless."

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Hardback 1986.

456 pages.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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