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

Susan Rodgers


These two memoirs 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, they recall the authors' childhoods 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. The book's introduction illuminates the importance of autobio ... More

Keywords: Indonesian Revolution, Toba Batak, Minangkabau, colonial subjugation, revolution, independence, autobiography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780520085466
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520085466.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Rodgers, editor

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Part One Two Sumatran Childhood Memoirs

Part Two The Translations

Me and Toha

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Village Childhood

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