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    Semaoen

ISBN: 9786029144284

The Story of Kadirun

by: Semaoen

In the early 1910s, Semaoen was sentenced to prison for sedition by the Dutch colonial government. The Story
of Kadirun, a semi-autobiographical novel, reveals with honesty and comprehensive insight the unjust treatment towards the indigenous people from a historical perspective. Kadirun’s tale, with its picture of the life of the Javanese during the colonial era, tells the readers what must be done to make the world a place fit to live in.

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In the early 1910s, Semaoen was sentenced to prison for sedition by the Dutch colonial government. The Story
of Kadirun, a semi-autobiographical novel, reveals with honesty and comprehensive insight the unjust treatment towards the indigenous people from a historical perspective. Kadirun’s tale, with its picture of the life of the Javanese during the colonial era, tells the readers what must be done to make the world a place fit to live in. ISBN: 9786029144284
SizeSize : 14 x 21.6 x 3 cm (300 gr)
Publish Date: 2014
Page Count: 220 pages

Semaoen was born in Curahmalang, Jombang, East Java. In 1915 at the age of sixteen, he was elected as one of the first Indonesian members of the Union of Train and Tramway Personnel (VSTP), soon quitting his job as a railway worker to become a trade union activist full-time. Also in 1915 he was elected vice-chairman of the Surabayaoffice of the Indies Social Democratic Association (ISDV), which was to become the PKI. By 1918 he was a member of the central leadership of Sarekat Islam (SI), then the dominant nationalist political organization in the Dutch East Indies.

Translator :Ian Campbell
Ian Campbell was born in Sydney, Australia in March 1949. Now retired, he has interests in literature and also writes poetry in Indonesian with publications in Jakarta and Bandung mass media and literary journals. His Indonesian language poetry collection, Tak ada Peringatan,  was ‘Highly Commended’ in 2013 in the Australian Arts in Asia Awards. He first studied Indonesian language at university in 1966 and holds postgraduate research qualifications, with a book publication, Contemporary Indonesian Language Poetry from West Java: National Literature, Regional Manifestations (2008). His Indonesia-related academic publications have appeared in literary and academic journals in Indonesia, Australia, Germany and the United States.

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