So Far from the World
TavaeMemoirs Non Fiction
The true story of a Tahitian fisherman shipwrecked for 4 months in the Pacific
On April 15th, 2002, Tavae cast off from Papeete for an ordinary day at sea. Soon afterwards his engine failed, and then his radio. He found himself alone on the open sea with only a few litres of water and his daily food ration.
It was 118 days before Tavae reached land. He had lost 21 kilos and was immediately hospitalised. He had drifted for 4 months, covering over 1 200 kilometres. The winds and currents took him frome Tahiti to the Cook Islands.
So Far from the World is much more than the testimony of a survivor. Tavae the fisherman is a master of the sea, a “Tahua”. He displays humility before the power of the elements and grace when faced with their beauty. This account was written in collaboration with Lionel Duroy. His writing, limpid and evocative, creates an original voice: the voice of a lost fisherman, by turns confident and despairing, rebelling and clinging to his faith, but always profoundly human.
So Far from the World is a literary work suffused with poetry and meditation.