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    Abdoel Moeis

ISBN: 9789798083549

Never the Twain

by: Abdoel Moeis

Never the Twain is one of the most popular works in Indonesian modern fiction. Hanafi, the protagonist, is madly in love with Corrie du Bussee, a beautiful Eurasian, although he is already betrothed to his cousin Rapiah. Who should he marry? Corrie the liberated Western woman or the tradition-bound Rapiah? The main conflict is an allegory of pre-independence Indonesia when—as it struggled to have a national identity—the nation had to choose between adhering to traditional values or adopting Western notions of progress and modernity


The novel Salah Asuhan, translated here as Never the Twain, is among the most popular works of modern Indonesian fiction. First published in 1928, the book is still in print today. Hanafi, the novel's protagonist, is madly in love with Corrie du Bussee, a beautiful Eurasian, though he has long been betrothed, to his cousin, Rapiah. Which woman should Hanafi marry: Corrie, the feisty, liberated Western woman, or the simple hearted Rapiah? The conflict Hanafi faces serves as an allegory for pre-independent Indonesia as it struggled toward national identity. Which course was the emerging nation to take? Was it to adhere to traditional values or was it to adopt Western notions of progress and modernity when, in doing so, might lead to the creation ofa race of people who were neither Eastern nor Western? ISBN: 9789798083549
Publish Date: 2010
Page Count: 240 pages

Abdul Muis (also spelt Abdoel Moeis) (Birth date unknown–17 June 1959), was an Indonesian writer, journalist and nationalist. He argued tirelessly for Indonesia's independence from the Netherlands. Born in Sungai Puar in West Sumatra in either 1883, 1886, or 1890, to a leading member of the Minangkabau and his Javanese wife, Muis received a western education and studied medicine in Jakarta for three years before being forced to pull out due to ill health.Muis first found employment in the civil service, before switching to journalism... 

Translator :Robin Susanto

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Dimensions 14.5 x 21.5 cm

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