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This award-winning novel is being reissued to tie in with the release of Mahana, the stunning film adaptation of the novel.

This award-winning novel is being reissued to tie in with the release of Mahana, the stunning film adaptation of the novel.

Caught in the middle of the clash between two great Maori clans, Simeon, grandson of Bulibasha and Ramona, struggles with his own feelings and loyalties as the battles rage . . .


I have considered Bulibasha one of my favourite New Zealand novels since I read it on its first release in 1994. I approached a reread of the story wrapped in Penguin's special rerelease with some trepidation. But I needn't have worried - the reread did not disappoint. . . . Bulibasha provides a thought-provoking take on age-old themes, incorporates Te Reo Mori throughout and the setting is evocative. Love and hate, leadership and dictatorship, respect and scorn, it is up to us to distinguish the difference.


'Unexpectedly riotous, cunningly crafted' – Dennis McEldowney, Landfall


'A comedy of family dislocation and cultural adaptation . . . Ihimaera's style is so fluid and apparently simple that his jokes take you by surprise and make you laugh out loud.' - James McLean, Evening Post


'If you've never read this uniquely New Zealand novel, you're in for a real treat, and if, like me, it's years since you last read it, re-reading this fabulous book is like meeting up with an old friend.' – Kerre McIvor, NZ Woman's Weekly


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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback


    February 1, 2016


    320 pages

    RRP $38.00

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