OUT OF EXILE by Soetan Sjahrir


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In translation, these are the letters that give the thoughts of a writer and fighter for Indonesian freedom and advancement. He was a political criminal, headed the nationalist-Indonesian movement, defended his country's right to free itself of Dutch colonial domination, knew years of prison because of his beliefs. From 1934 to 1938, here is the record of what happened to him, how it affected his thinking, what his life in prison was like. The second part of the book tells of the war years and how national self consciousness awoke with resistance to the Japs, how from 1945-47, as Premier of the Republic of Indonesia he helped make his dreams come true, in all the necessary negotiations. A book that reveals an idealist, that concentrates on a segment of world history, that has importance for the student of world affairs. Interesting tie-up with Tropical Adventure (see P. 204) in another side of the picture.

Publisher: John Day