The Interpreter from Java

The Interpreter from Java

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Paperback (03 Sep 2020) | English

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Synopsis

'What a great novel, its language and storytelling so light but also raw and lyrical. A tremendous writer. Read this book' ADRIAAN VAN DIS.

Alan Noland discovers his father's memoirs and learns the truth about the violent man he despised.

In this unsparing family history, Alan distils his father's life in the Dutch East Indies into one furious utterance. He reads about his work as an interpreter during the war with Japan, his life as an assassin, and his decision to murder Indonesians in the service of the Dutch without any conscience. How he fled to the Netherlands to escape being executed as a traitor and met Alan's mother soon after. As he reads his father's story Alan begins to understand how war transformed his father into the monster he knew.

Birney exposes a crucial chapter in Dutch and European history that was deliberately concealed behind the ideological facade of postwar optimism. Readers of this superb novel will find that it reverberates long afterwards in their memory.

About the Publisher

Apollo

Apollo

We are Head of Zeus, an independent publishing house dedicated to new authors, great storytelling and fabulous ideas. Head of Zeus opened for business on 3 January 2012 and we published our first books in July 2012. Our list is a mix of general and literary fiction, genre fiction and non fiction.

Book information

ISBN: 9781788544337
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Imprint: Apollo
Pub date:
Edition: Export ed
DEWEY: 839.3137
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 542
Weight: 574g
Height: 147mm
Width: 227mm
Spine width: 37mm