9780140445169

Max Havelaar : Or the Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trading Company

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  • ISBN13:

    9780140445169

  • ISBN10:

    0140445161

  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1995-09-01
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics

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Summary

Max Havelaar - a Dutch civil servant in Java - burns with an insatiable desire to end the ill treatment and oppression inflicted on the native peoples by the colonial administration. Max is an inspirational figure, but he is also a flawed idealist whose vow to protect the Javanese from cruelty ends in his own downfall. In Max Havelaar, Multatuli (the pseudonym for Eduard Douwes Dekker) vividly recreated his own experiences in Java and tellingly depicts the hypocrisy of those who gained from the corrupt coffee trade. Sending shockwaves through the Dutch nation when it was published in 1860, this damning exposť of the terrible conditions in the colonies led to welfare reforms in Java and continues to inspire the fairtrade movement today. Roy Edwards's vibrant translation conveys the satirical and innovative style of Multatuli's autobiographical polemic. In his introduction, R. P. Meijer discusses the author's tempestuous life and career, the controversy the novel aroused and its unusual narrative structure.

Table of Contents

Max Havelaar Translator's Introduction

Introduction by R. P. Meijer

Max Havelaar

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