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Title: De andere Wereld. Tweede druk. [Second edition].
Description: Amsterdam, Elsevier, 1934. Stout 8°. Original publ. cloth, cover title with a monochrome illustration at top. 429pp. One of author's four so-called Deli novels, in which an authentic picture is drawn of the career of a young man on various commercial estates East Coast Sumatra. Author describes, after her own experiences and observations common life on Sumatra estates which includes shocking facts about harsh life of estate coolies and low morals of [european, e.g. dutch] estate managers and emplyees, which was not appreciated both in the Netherlands Indies and Holland. The fundament of these novels was laid in the early 1920s, which was the period of rapid economic change of East Coast Sumatra (Deli estates) into a vast commercial garden. Author describes in rather detail her observations of daily life, which includes the shocking social conditions of indigenous Coolies and the lack of proper labour conditions and the appaling ways Coolies were treated. A modern scholarly comparative essy on these novels is given in english by Jeanette Moerman-Schravesande in Indische letteren, vol. 17 (2002), part 3, pp. 97-110. (free endpapers, margins and front-edge of bookblock foxed, name and small rubber-stamp on ti.-p., outer covers a bit soiled, some minimal wear to spine-ends).

Keywords: dutch literature novel authentic experience recollection history deli sumatra estate plantage sumatra culture heritage colonialism indonesia southeastasia buur

Price: EUR 40.00 = appr. US$ 43.47 Seller: Antiquarian Booksellers Gemilang
- Book number: 53399