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Orpheus in de dessa

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Orpheus in de dessa is a captivating tale that follows the life of a Javanese prince named Tirto Adhi Soerjo, who is torn between his Western education and his cultural heritage. Set against the backdrop of colonial Indonesia, the novel explores themes of identity, tradition, and the clash of cultures.

Augusta de Wit's writing is beautifully descriptive, painting a vivid picture of the lush Indonesian landscape and the complex inner world of the characters. The author does a fantastic job of bringing the setting to life, making the reader feel as though they are transported to another time and place.

The character of Tirto is multi-dimensional and compelling, struggling to navigate the expectations of his family and society while also grappling with his own desires and beliefs. His journey is both poignant and thought-provoking, as he grapples with the complexities of his identity and the choices that he must make.

Overall, Orpheus in de dessa is a beautifully written and moving novel that delves into the complexities of cultural identity and the struggles of individuals caught between worlds. Augusta de Wit's storytelling is both engaging and thought-provoking, making this a must-read for anyone interested in Indonesian history and culture.

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Een romantische ingenieur raakt betoverd door het spel van een Indische fluitspeler, zoals het zakelijke Nederland door het geheimzinnige Indiƫ.


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