The Indo Project. Posted on November 20, by Author. Louis Couperus was one of the few Dutch writers to become fairly widely known outside Holland. As he struggles to maintain control of his district and his family, ancient local traditions reassert their influence, and colonial power begins to disintegrate. The picture on the right wordlessly captures something of the strange and alien relations between East and West: the Soesoehoenan of Soerakarta Pakoe Boewono X stands arm in arm with Commissioner De Vogel, who is lording it over his people and land. Just wanted everyone who is interested to know that this publication is available from Amazon.
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De inwoners wijzen die toe aan 'de stille kracht', een Indisch mysterie dat de mensen in zijn greep houdt. De resident Otto van Oudijck vindt de stille kracht maar onzin. Maar als hij een regent ontslaat omdat die zich op een feest onbescho Alternative cover edition of ISBN In Laboewangi op het eiland Java vindt een aantal onverklaarbare gebeurtenissen plaats. Maar als hij een regent ontslaat omdat die zich op een feest onbeschoft gedragen heeft, vinden er plotseling vreemde dingen in zijn huis plaats.
Het merendeel van de personages vlucht en Van Oudijck blijft alleen achter. Als hij zich zelf zwakker gaat voelen en ziek wordt, gaat hij steeds meer in de stille kracht geloven. Get A Copy. Hardcover , Salamander Klassiek , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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This is a story of a tragic life led by a Dutch colonial resident in Java Indonesia , when the Western rationality and the hidden, mysterious Javanese mysticism collide. Being a non-Javanese Indonesian myself, I found this book as a very refreshing account of the culture which has been the context of my life since I was born. It also shed light about our colonial history, more on the personal side than the "official" one I learned from school.
In the spirit of learning more about my country's c This is a story of a tragic life led by a Dutch colonial resident in Java Indonesia , when the Western rationality and the hidden, mysterious Javanese mysticism collide. In the spirit of learning more about my country's colonial history from the other source the former colonialist itself , I found this book referred to by a nice lady of a charming bookstore in Amsterdam. I am looking forward to read similar books, essays, memoirs, which apparently abundantly available in Dutch.
Before reading this book, I always perceived the Dutch collonialists as invulnerable or at least immune to those superstitious forces that govern - sometimes haunt - the Javanese psyche. I always thought that you had to believe it before it could do you any harm. Couperus, who was born in the collonial family owning a coffee plantation in Java, managed to capture those "hidden forces", and depict a high-ranked Dutch official to be heavily affected and giving in to those forces. The characters in the book are well-written.
One thing that interests me most is the complicated feelings of a "foreigner" towards the foreign country he dwells or in this case colonizes. Living in a foreign country, I myself recognize the feeling of vulnerability over all the new things one must adapt. I know it is normal in normal situations, but colonization is not a "normal" thing. Apparently I was wrong. Anyone, including the superiorly perceived colonialists, can be somewhat vulnerable living in a foreign culture.
The description of the settings - places, cultural elements, etc - is fabulous and gives me a pleasant reminiscence. Many Indonesian words written in the old way appear all over the pages. I wonder what the non-Indonesian speaking readers would think about this. View all 5 comments. View all 6 comments. I just could not appreciate this book and I really wanted to.
The writing was so repetitive I was hair pulling frustrated, because Couperus is perceptive and objective. I just don't think he found the pulse he was looking for with this book. The insipid, racist, husks that colonialism made of these characters! Couperus does an excellent job of describing sexual repression and the lack I just could not appreciate this book and I really wanted to.
Couperus does an excellent job of describing sexual repression and the lack of sexual restraint. Also how destructive it is to ignore the "Hidden Force", or what I would think is The Obvious, in any close and wider relationship with others. Mar 21, Maria Carrig rated it liked it. I read this in an English translation it is called "The Hidden Force" published by a wonderful independent publisher of forgotten classics, called the Pushkin Press.
I don't know why they aren't on Goodreads. Pushkin Press books are small and easy to hold, with beautiful paper covers and pages. In this book he writes about colonial Java Indonesia , an engross I read this in an English translation it is called "The Hidden Force" published by a wonderful independent publisher of forgotten classics, called the Pushkin Press. In this book he writes about colonial Java Indonesia , an engrossing story of a failing marriage, and of the greater failure of the Dutch to understand the culture and people they have colonized.
Remarkably modern in its sentiments. A story about the dutch colonial gouvernement on Indonesia. It describes how one of the administrators slowly is overpowered by a silent force. This mystic force, invisible, yet very real to the ones involved takes over their mental and physical health. The description of the characters and the athmosphere is very convincing and shapes a mystical world, thus conrapositioning the world of the rational Dutch and the local Indonesian inhabitants.
In a world that was never meant to be their home, the A story about the dutch colonial gouvernement on Indonesia. In a world that was never meant to be their home, the Dutch become victims of a silent power.
The novel gives in a subtle way criticism on the practice of colonialism. It is excellently written, a little bit outdated but still very powerful. Mar 03, Marc rated it it was ok Shelves: dutch-literature. I'm not really a fan, but this book is much more readable than "Eline Vere". It has a compact structure, but in the end the story becomes a bit chaotic. The basic theme, - the mystical, hidden force of the Javanese people -, did not really resonate with me.
Shelves: fictionth-century , e-books , gutenberg. Free download available at Project Gutenberg. View all 4 comments. The men, the administrators, work long hours and and are generally satisfied. The women for the most part are pampered, bored, and unhappy, and often up to mischief. Underneath the veneer of European civilization toil masses of natives with their magical beliefs and their rage against their colonizers. I really enjoyed reading De Stille Kracht.
It immediately brought back memories of reading Eline Vere by the same author. Both novels have that descriptive style of writing with very little direct dialogues. Moreover, the fin de siecle feeling is evident in both novels. Although I read this book over the period of two months, it was not because I did not like it.
On the contrary: when you are familiar with the characters and Couperus' style of writing, you will notice that it is beautifully writ I really enjoyed reading De Stille Kracht. On the contrary: when you are familiar with the characters and Couperus' style of writing, you will notice that it is beautifully written. Would recommend it to anyone who is willing to put a little efford in this kind of classic! Definitely a worthwhile read for people interested in colonial stuff, but maybe less necessary for others.
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