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My father, Benjamin, was born in the midst of a rallying cry for independence: the Indonesian National Revolution had been going on for two years before his birth in 1947 on the island of Java. His family, of half-Indonesian, half-Dutch descent, fled to Holland when he was still a child, but their political fears weren’t to be assuaged in Europe either. His father—who had been interned at a work camp when the Japanese occupied...
Beauty Is a Wound by Eka Kurniawan translated by Annie Tucker (New Directions)Some of the world’s best literature is born from its worst tragedies, and tragedies don’t come much worse than the ones that befell Indonesia in the 20th century. For 300 years, the islands were the base of the Dutch East India Company, until they were occupied by Japan during World War II. (Here’s an indication of how the Indonesians felt about being a...

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