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Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. Van Oudijck is the commissioner of an East Javanese residency of the Dutch East Indies. Eerie, lush, psychologically acute, this Dutch masterpiece from (in a fine new translation by Paul Vincent) is one of the great novels of the.

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A masterly novel about decay. He is blind and deaf to hiddej slumbering powers of the East Indian people and countryside. But it takes a lot for her to finally complain: And it is all quite engagingly written.

This wear and tear literally takes place on stage: The hidden force is an enthralling story about the misunderstandings and incomprehension between cultures, as well as between close relatives.

Van Oudijck; unfortunately, Doddy fell for him at a very tender age and has pretty much wasted any opportunity she might have had such as going to school back in the Netherlands in pining for him. He produced novels and stories at a surprisingly fast pace and created a completely new world each and every time, sometimes naturalistic, sometimes hieden or symbolic. No log in data?

The big blow is the rainy and hot weather, which literally rots and destroys almost everything — but the rot of course goes much further than the physical. As a backdrop to his dramatic story about the demise of commissioner Van Oudijck, he quite literally used his own direct environment, the small community of Dutchmen in a far corner of the colony, but in the novel, that stuffy world acquires a deep, existential resonance that is present throughout his work: Couperus saw sex and human passion as one of hdden important driving forces of man.

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The novel … is surprisingly fresh and lively. In his series of novels The books of small soulsa highlight in his oeuvre, he describes how a prestigious family from The Hague falls apart; the old, nineteenth-century certainties do not suffice anymore. The complete review ‘s Review:.

He is also oblivious to what is happening in his own household. All your civilization by which you propose to grow rich Each one of them develops into the symbol of a fore of mind, an attitude towards the world. Some racial essentialism, evinced for thd in ideas of mixed-race promiscuity, seems more dated now, but is not a central concern.

The Hidden Force: A Story of Modern Java by Louis Couperus

He is oblivious to the fact that his wife is having affairs with other men. Couperus shows some of the cost to the local population, as the resident must also deal with the much-admired local nobility which is also tending towards degeneracy, helped along by alcoholism and a gambling habitbut it’s the failure of the colonialists themselves that is central. This first book showed him to be an adherent of the naturalistic school but in his later work he would rise above its restricting edicts.

One where fate strikes ruthlessly. He is down-to-earth, efficient, practical and uncompromising, but also sensitive enough to Javanese understandings of status and power that he can quell an incipient rebellion merely by being very polite to an eminent matriarch, a princess of Douperus descent.


The lives of seemingly placid people in The Hague are marked by volcanic passions. It is extraordinary that this Dutch dandy, writing in the flowery language of fin-de-siecle decadence, should hiddeh sound so fresh. In particular, Van Oudijck’s psychological disintegration could as well be grounded in the breakup of his family as in his encounter with the inexplicable.

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He wrote The hidden forceone of his masterpieces, in only a few months, during a visit to his sister and her husband, who was a commissioner in Pasuruan on East Java. The downfall of Otto van Oudijck makes us painfully aware of the impossibility to fully understand others. The hidden force De stille kracht is a visionary novel that places western culture opposite eastern culture as being irreconcilable.

Another character of interest is Eva Eldersma, who is married to a too hard-working assistant of Van Oudijck.

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Otto van Oudijck governs his province with vigour. Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. But nidden Eva’s efforts only go so far, and she too is overwhelmed. For the colony, which he wants to bring to a higher level. Despite some oddities, it seems quite adequate in this revised form.