What identifies us in a world where the traditional foundations of identity are crumbling? This question means everything to Ferrari Auva’a. Although he has never been outside New Zealand and only speaks
English, his ancestry identifies him as Samoan while culturally he identifies with the U.S. and Europe. But if he doesn’t know who he is, at least Ferrari knows what he is: a rubbish collector. It’s his job. Then rubbish collection gives Ferrari a chance to define his identity—though doing so will test all his resources of insight and courage. A letter he finds in the trash describing the finding of Roman codices sets Ferrari off on a dangerousjourney that will take him to the remote reaches of New Zealand and to ancient ruins in Italy. What he discovers may just help him decide who he is.
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About the Author
David Palmer was born in New Zealand and currently lives there. An adventurous disposition has taken him to many places, and a perversely romantic impulse has led him to eke out a living as a freelance writer. He is amazed and grateful that his wife and son still put up with him.
He has had articles published on innumerable subjects as well as one book, Walking Historic Auckland, an anecdotal history of the city. Due out is a non-fiction work concerning RAF aircrew in World War II.
David has lectured and published on spiritual matters, motivated by a range of out-there experiences that defy science. Some get into Refuse Generation. He has an unfashionable enthusiasm for metaphysics and an unlikely expertise in military history. He believes that history matters, that if love isn’t the answer then it’s a very good question, and that the relationship between spirituality, religion and science is disastrously misunderstood.
He wants to change the world, doubts that it’s possible, but decided to make a start by encouraging people to think for themselves.