Item description for The Islands (Library of Indies) by Albert Alberts...
An outstanding work of Dutch coloniala literature, The Islands was originally published in 1952. The eleven stories in this book bring to the English-speaking world the writing of one of the outstanding Dutch writers on Indonesia.
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Studio: Periplus Editions
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.99" Width: 5.15" Height: 0.44" Weight: 0.54 lbs.
Release Date Aug 15, 1999
Publisher Periplus Editions
ISBN 9625932615 ISBN13 9789625932613
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The Islands : when masters turn into slaves Nov 17, 2000
What did a man have in mind when he marked his footprints on the islands he must conquer? 'I' -the main character- chose to surrender in the faces of grass, forest, waves and sand. To "the narrator", those islands -as fertile as a womb of a young woman - stole his identity and turned him into a complete stranger.
Published in 1952, this fiction was considered as masterpiece of one of the most important writers of the modern Dutch literature era, Albert Alberts. In 1939, he was posted in Sumenep Madura East Java and lived a paradise-like life. His dream turned into nightmare in 1942, he was captured by the Japanese soldiers. Transferred from one cell to another, he almost lost his life. He became free when the Japanese fled from Indonesia. After a year of uncertain life during the power-shift from Dutch to England, he decided to return. In the Netherlands, he published `The Islands'. He became a journalist and an editor of a local newspaper in 1953-1964, following the same path Hemingway once took, and wrote mostly about Indonesian politics. In 1975, Alberts received a prestigious Constantijn Huygens Prize award.
Via `The Islands' we can look into the life of a conqueror, on how he scrutinized the islands to exploit and on how he deconstructed his values along with his interactions with the locals. From these short stories, we can look on how a simple man tried to cope his loneliness, on how the ugliness of his exhaustion transformed into a weave of reminiscences.
His personal touches is obvious in Alberts' ignorance to write complete his sentences with `subjects' or `predicates'. He didn't care to place the islands in the structure of reality. Only in one of 11 short stories, did Alberts state the island's name (and it's an imaginative one). Alberts let his readers to freely interpret the context of time and space. Therefore, the editor completed Alberts' work by giving 9 pages of footnotes, 7 pages of preface and 21 pages of introduction.