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Oceanian Pain in the Nuclear Epoch, Or: How I Learned to Love Epeli Hau' of a's Kisses in the Nederends

Oceanian Pain in the Nuclear Epoch, Or: How I Learned to Love Epeli Hau' of a's Kisses... OCEANIAN PAIN IN THE NUCLEAR EPOCH, OR: HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE EPELI HAU’OFA’S KISSES IN THE NEDERENDS LEA LANI KINIKINI KAUVAKA If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it —Zora Neale Hurston From Hauʻofa, with Love Epeli Hau‘ofa, the late writer and much beloved professor at The University of the South Pacifi c (USP), published his second novel, Kisses in the Nederends (1987), at a zenith point of the “nuclear-free and independent” movement in the South Pacifi c. Unlike his fi rst novel Tales of the Tikongs (which took him four years to write), Hau‘ofa wrote Kisses in the Nederends in six months, deciding to forego the additional six months he had originally allotted for revisions during a sabbatical year. Hau‘ofa joked with his colleague Subramani in their interview, “A Promise of Renewal,” published at the back of the second edition, that he did not want Nederends “to smell like a brand new hospital,” stating that he preferred it remain “raw.” It is little wonder then, that as a graduate student, I personally found Nederends diffi cult to swallow. It bothered me even more when, as a lecturer, I noticed my http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png symploke University of Nebraska Press

Oceanian Pain in the Nuclear Epoch, Or: How I Learned to Love Epeli Hau' of a's Kisses in the Nederends

symploke , Volume 26 (1) – Nov 28, 2018

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University of Nebraska Press
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OCEANIAN PAIN IN THE NUCLEAR EPOCH, OR: HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE EPELI HAU’OFA’S KISSES IN THE NEDERENDS LEA LANI KINIKINI KAUVAKA If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it —Zora Neale Hurston From Hauʻofa, with Love Epeli Hau‘ofa, the late writer and much beloved professor at The University of the South Pacifi c (USP), published his second novel, Kisses in the Nederends (1987), at a zenith point of the “nuclear-free and independent” movement in the South Pacifi c. Unlike his fi rst novel Tales of the Tikongs (which took him four years to write), Hau‘ofa wrote Kisses in the Nederends in six months, deciding to forego the additional six months he had originally allotted for revisions during a sabbatical year. Hau‘ofa joked with his colleague Subramani in their interview, “A Promise of Renewal,” published at the back of the second edition, that he did not want Nederends “to smell like a brand new hospital,” stating that he preferred it remain “raw.” It is little wonder then, that as a graduate student, I personally found Nederends diffi cult to swallow. It bothered me even more when, as a lecturer, I noticed my

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Published: Nov 28, 2018

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