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Aboe Bakar

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"Above Bakar" by Paul Adriaan Daum is a powerful and thought-provoking novel that delves into the complexities of cultural identity, colonialism, and social injustice. Set in the Dutch East Indies (modern-day Indonesia) during the late 19th century, the story follows the life of Bakar, a Javanese man who grapples with his mixed heritage and the oppressive systems of power that govern his existence.

Daum's writing is rich and immersive, capturing the vibrant landscapes and vivid characters that populate the world of Bakar. The author skillfully weaves together themes of race, class, and gender, painting a nuanced portrait of a society on the brink of change. Through Bakar's eyes, we witness the struggles of the indigenous population against the Dutch colonizers, as well as the internal conflicts that arise from his own position as a "half-breed."

The novel is not an easy read - it delves into dark and troubling subject matter, pulling no punches in its depiction of the harsh realities faced by the inhabitants of the Dutch East Indies. However, it also offers moments of beauty and redemption, as Bakar grapples with his own identity and finds strength in his connections to his family and community.

Overall, "Above Bakar" is a compelling and important work of historical fiction that sheds light on a lesser-known chapter of colonial history. Daum's writing is both evocative and challenging, making this novel a must-read for anyone interested in exploring the complexities of identity and power in a colonial society.

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Een waargebeurd verhaal uit Nederlands Indiƫ. Adam Silver, kind van een Engelsman en een inlandse vrouw, wordt verstoten uit de blanke gemeenschap en bekeert zich tot de Islam. Het verhaal is oorspronkelijk gepubliceerd onder het pseudoniem Maurits als feuilleton in het Indische Vaderland - Marcel Coenders

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