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Sunbirds

1941, West Java. Love and revolution are in the air. And war is on its way. Shortly before the Japanese invade, the van Hoorn family throws their famous Sinterklaas party at their tea plantation. One of their guests, Mattijs, a Dutch pilot, hopes to forge a future in the Dutch East Indies, … [Read more...]

The Turning Wheel

What is particularly significant about the second volume in the trilogy, given the English title The Turning Wheel, is that it recounts the hardship faced after 1965, by the families of those murdered and detained. It reveals the strength demanded of their wives who suddenly needed to find a … [Read more...]

Threads of Dignity

Sukanta’s first volume in this trilogy, Threads of Dignity, allows the reader to see and feel such a reality, and to learn how one’s inner resources can be called upon to deal with such a situation on a day-to-day basis. The author draws on his years of imprisonment to recount the harrowing life in … [Read more...]

Pangeran dari Timur

The double-plot novel that centers on the life of the great painter Raden Saleh (1811-1880) and the Indonesian intellectuals of the early 20th century is a tragic story of how colonialism and racism let Indonesia’s creative and intellectual minds down in the pre-independence era. The life and … [Read more...]

Potions and Paper Cranes

Potions and Paper Cranes gives the reader a glimpse into Indonesian history. The way things were at the end of the Japanese occupation of the country during WWII, and the onset of the Indonesian Revolution immediately thereafter (1942-1945). This novel affirms the fragility of hatred and the … [Read more...]

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