One writer showed him the way early on: Rudy Kousbroek (1929-2010). One of the most original essayists in our language area. No one wrote with so much passion and indignation about the colonial legacy, the Japanese occupation and the processing of the loss of the Dutch East Indies. In 1992, almost all his articles on this subject were collected in The East Indian Camp Syndrome (Het Oostindisch kampsyndroom), an interesting book that caused a lot of unrest among former East Indies visitors. For Van Dis it was a liberating lesson in progressive insight, and a source of inspiration for The Colony Hits Back.
The Colony Hits Back (De kolonie mept terug)
(Dutch edition only)
The wounds caused by forced relocation, Western expansionism and the divide-and-rule policy have not yet healed. Europe is under scrutiny, the worldview dictated by white power is tilting and the descendants of the colonized are raising their voices.
Adriaan van Dis – born in an Indies environment – has been following the postcolonial debate at home and abroad for years. A reading and thinking experience that ultimately encouraged him to look at this time differently.
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|20 × 12 × 1,5 cm