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Twilight in Djakarta (Oxford in Asia Paperbacks) [Paperback]

Mochtar Lubis , C. Holt
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  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Australia and New Zealand (Dec 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195825640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195825640
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,481,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars An elegant anti Sukarno polemic 12 July 2014
Format:Paperback
I lived in Jakarta in the 1990s but this is the first book I have read by this well known Indonesian author. Although the language is somewhat stilted - perhaps due to translation - the author perfectly captures the sense of hopelessness that anyone who has studied Indonesian history will know existed in the early 1960s, during the latter part of the Sukarno Regime. A period of revolving door governments, endemic corruption, chronic economic mismanagement and widespread poverty. The author captures all this beautifully in a cultured polemic against the Sukarno regime and, although it is a novel, an effective time capscule into a sad period in Indonesian history.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Surprising novel 8 Nov 2009
Format:Paperback
A surprising novel about the early years of the Indonesian nation. The way corruption works seen from the inside. The language is somewhat stilted but the emotions are real enough
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