Mochtar Lubis, in this vivid dissection of social and political life in Jakarta at the beginning of the 1960s, reveals the dark currents of poverty, corruption and vice which course beneath the surface of one of the great cities of the Third World. Although set in Indonesia, the tale that unfolds has universal application as it describes the forces which determine the lives of rich and poor, politicians and criminals, intellectuals and simple rural immigrants alike, as they struggle for survival. Through the character of the central figure, Suryono, a young, Western-educated government official, the author depicts the complex web of threads which enmesh both individual and society in a newly developing nation, with compassion as well as insight.
Twilight in Jakarta is a vivid and compassionate dissection of the social and political life of Jakarta in the formative years after independence.
- Bill Dalton, Bali Advertiser
The late Mochtar Lubis – who passed away in 2004 – was a distinguished writer and journalist who was held as a political prisoner by both Sukarno and Suharto for his criticisms of their governments in the media. Lubis was the editor of the controversial daily paper Indonesia Raya that was known for its dedication to exposing of government corruption. He was also the founder and editor of both Times of Indonesia (the first English-language daily in independent Indonesia) and Horison (a cultural and literary monthly).
Lubis received the 1958 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts and the 1967 Golden Pen of Freedom Award.
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