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De stille kracht by Louis Couperus
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De stille kracht (original 1900; edition 2013)

by Louis Couperus

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Set in Java at the height of Dutch colonial rule in the East Indies, Couperus's evocative and sensual narrative depicts the clash between Western rationalism, represented by the district commissioner Otto van Oudijck, and ancient indigenous mystical traditions upheld by the local native prince, Sunario. The behaviour of Van Oudijck's promiscuous wife Léonie proves to be his Achilles heel, and his seemingly impregnable authority disintegrates. Pushkin Collection editions feature a spare, elegant series style and superior, durable components. The Collection is typeset in Monotype Baskerville, litho-printed on Munken Premium White Paper and notch-bound by the independently owned printer TJ International in Padstow. The covers, with French flaps, are printed on Colorplan Pristine White Paper. Both paper and cover board are acid-free and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified.… (more)
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Title:De stille kracht
Authors:Louis Couperus
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The Hidden Force by Louis Couperus (1900)

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    Goena-goena : een geschiedenis van stille kracht by P. A. Daum (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: Twee boeken over het leven van totoks in 19de eeuws Nederlands Indie en hun clash met de lokale cultuur.
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This novel is about a Dutch government official and his family in the colonial Dutch East Indies in the early 1900's. He has four children by his first wife, a native woman, the eldest of whom is having an affair with his current wife. The official turns a blind eye to this and to the other dalliances of his wife. He rigidly tries to rule his domain with reason and logic, and scorns the mysticism of the natives, leading ultimately to tragedy. This is an interesting character study set in a far-away time and place, but the book never drew me in. ( )
  arubabookwoman | Jan 12, 2012 |
Wonderful novel about the Dutch East Indies, and how the rational Westerner loses out against the powers around him. ( )
  mercure | Jan 17, 2008 |
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Set in Java at the height of Dutch colonial rule in the East Indies, Couperus's evocative and sensual narrative depicts the clash between Western rationalism, represented by the district commissioner Otto van Oudijck, and ancient indigenous mystical traditions upheld by the local native prince, Sunario. The behaviour of Van Oudijck's promiscuous wife Léonie proves to be his Achilles heel, and his seemingly impregnable authority disintegrates. Pushkin Collection editions feature a spare, elegant series style and superior, durable components. The Collection is typeset in Monotype Baskerville, litho-printed on Munken Premium White Paper and notch-bound by the independently owned printer TJ International in Padstow. The covers, with French flaps, are printed on Colorplan Pristine White Paper. Both paper and cover board are acid-free and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified.

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