Georgetown Peabody Library

Indonesia etc., exploring the improbable nation, Elizabeth Pisani - (hardcover)

"An entertaining and thought-provoking portrait of Indonesia: a rich, dynamic, and often maddening nation awash with contradictions. Jakarta tweets more than any other city on earth, but 80 million Indonesians live without electricity and many of its communities still share in ritual sacrifices. Declaring independence in 1945, Indonesia said it would 'work out the details of the transfer of power etc. as soon as possible.' With over 300 ethnic groups spread across 13,500 islands, the world's fourth most populous nation has been working on that 'etc.' ever since. Bewitched by Indonesia for twenty-five years, Elizabeth Pisani recently traveled 26,000 miles around the archipelago in search of the links that bind this impossibly disparate nation. Fearless and funny, Pisani shares her deck space with pigs and cows, bunks down in a sulfurous volcano, and takes tea with a corpse. Along the way, she observes Big Men with child brides, debates corruption and cannibalism, and ponders 'sticky' traditions that cannot be erased"--Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Improbable nation -- The ties that bind -- Sticky culture -- Resident aliens -- The emperor is far away -- Happy families -- Spoils of the earth -- Profits on ice -- Historical fictions -- Misfits -- Indigenous arts -- Faith healing -- The other Indonesia -- Epilogue -- Glossary
Literary Form
non fiction
First edition.
Physical Description
404 pages, maps, 25 cm

Library Locations

  • Georgetown Peabody Library

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