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How literature awakens nationalism in times of uncertainty

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In this article: Leila S. Chudori Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Written by Intan Tanjung
Originally published in Jakarta Post.

May 20, 2016
Literature has played a significant role in shaping this country’s history. It was through the voice of Max Havelaar, written by Eduard Douwes Dekker under the name of Multatuli, that the Indonesian youth’s spirit of nationalism was ignited, which led to the Awakening Movement in 1908. Max Havelaar tells the story of Batavus Droogstoppel, representing the Dutch colonial regime of the time and his treatment of Indonesian people.

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