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Telling Lives, Telling History: Autobiography and Historical Imagination in Modern Indonesia

 
 
 
 
Telling Lives, Telling History: Autobiography and Historical Imagination in Modern Indonesia
Author: N/A
ISBN 13: 9780520085473
ISBN 10: 520085477
Edition: 1st Paperback Edition
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 1995-04-19
Format: Paperback
Pages: 348
List Price: $36.95
 
 

These two memoirs, superbly rendered into English for the first time, provide unique windows into the Sumatran past, in particular, and the early twentieth-century history of Southeast Asia, in general. Originally published soon after the
Indonesian Revolution (1945-1949) liberated the island chain from Dutch control, these unusually insightful narratives recall the authors' boyhoods in rural Toba Batak and Minangkabau villages.
In reconstructing their own passage into adulthood, the writers inevitably tell the story of their country's turbulent journey from colonial subjugation through revolution to independence. Susan Rodgers's perceptive introduction illuminates the importance of autobiography in developing historical consciousness and imagining a national future.