Sunday, January 23, 2011

Out Now: The Unpainted Mask

The much awaited collection of short stories spanning more than 30 years of writing is now out. The collection untitled: The Unpainted Mask was copublished by UPNG Press and Manui Publishers. The book is printed and distributed in the USA by Masalai Press and online at various online book ordering services.

Product Description

Steven Edmund Winduo demonstrates his ability as a writer in this collection of short stories. The collection captures the changing social, cultural, and political landscapes of Papua New Guinea.The collection is a blend of published and unpublished short stories. The stories cover journeys people make from their unperturbed societies to ones in constant negotiation with change. These stories blend lived experience with imagined ones among Papua New Guineans.The book highlights the sometimes uncomfortable relationships and challenges emerging in different sociocultural encounters. One major theme runs through all stories in this collection: Mask. People wear different masks to view themselves and others. People have different opinions and views when viewing a mask from outside of a mask. People choose to wear a painted mask or an unpainted one. Steven Edmund Winduo is a senior lecturer in Literature and English Communication at the University of Papua New Guinea.

Product Details

• Media: Paperback Book, 284 pages
• Publisher: University of Papua New Guinea Press and Manui Publishers
• ISBN-10: 9980939826
• ISBN-13: 9789980939821
• Dimensions: 22.86 x 15.19 x 1.52 cm
• Shipping Weight: 0.38 kg

Orders can be made online using:
Orders in Papua New Guinea: visit UPNG Bookstore and purchase copy or visit


  1. Aloha, Steven, this looks good. I got my copy from the bookshop today. A review on the storyboard for PNG readers will be published in the not too distant future. Mi amamas nating tru lo you.

  2. Thanks to you Russ, for your input in seeing the book come to fruition. I look forward to the review.

  3. That's a very thrilling book authored by a Papua New Guinean writer who attempts to understand the world from a "Melanesian Lens" in the face of post-colonialism and Globalization. I find this book not only thrilling for its deeply well articulated stories but also educational. At the most, it helps one to wear the Mask that of the Author and see a different fascinating world. Thanks Prof for lending me one.

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