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The Pacific room / Michael Fitzgerald.

The Pacific room / Michael Fitzgerald.
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ISBN 9780995359550 (paperback)
Author Fitzgerald, Michael author.
Title The Pacific room / Michael Fitzgerald.
Publisher/Date Yarraville, Victoria : Transit Lounge, 2017.
Pagination etc. 240 pages ; 24 cm.
Summary Note This novel tells of the last days of Tusitala, ‘the teller of tales’, as Robert Louis Stevenson became known in Samoa where he chose to die. In 1892 Girolamo Nerli travels from Sydney by steamer to Apia, with the intention of capturing something of Jekyll and Hyde in his portrait of the famous author. Nerli’s presence sets in train a disturbing sequence of events. More than a century later, art historian Lewis Wakefield comes to Samoa to research the painting of Tusitala’s portrait by the long-forgotten Italian artist. On hiatus from his bipolar medication, Lewis is freed to confront the powerful reality of all the desires and demons that R. L. Stevenson couldn’t control. Lewis’s personal journey is shadowed by the story of the lovable Teuila, a so-called fa‘afafine (‘in the manner of a woman’), and the spirit of Stevenson’s servant boy, Sosimo. Set in an evocative tropical landscape haunted by the lives and spirits which drift across it, The Pacific Room is both a love letter to Samoa and a lush and tender exploration of artistic creation, of secret passions and merging dualities.
Subject - Name Stevenson, Robert Louis, -- 1850-1894 -- Fiction
Subject Authors, Scottish -- 19th century -- Fiction
Samoa -- Social life and customs -- Fiction
Biographical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Shelf Location F FITZ
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