I RECENTLY got hold of the 2012 UPNG reprint of Russell Soaba’s first novel Wanpis. The original was published by the Institute of Papua New Guinea Studies and Kristen Press in 1977.
For those not familiar with Tok Pisin, the title refers to someone who is lonely or alone, like an orphan.
I lent my battered old copy of the original to someone years ago and they never returned it.
Mind you, I had to order a copy of the reprint from Masalai Press in the USA. My emails to the UPNG Bookshop went unanswered and the couple of times that I dropped in there I found the doors locked.
Bad timing on my part, perhaps, but discouraging, nevertheless.
I believe that people trying to get hold of Michael Dom’s new book of poetry are having similar problems. Amazon can’t seem to rouse anyone there either.
Anyway, back to Wanpis.