Louis Couperus

Fuerza oculta

In The Hidden Force the decline and fall of the Dutch resident Van Oudyck is caused by his inability to see further than his own Western rationalism. He is blind and deaf to the slumbering powers of the East Indian people and countryside. The black magic, bird calls, vegetation, heat and the mysterious, hostile attitude of their Javanese subjects prove stronger than the cool power of the colonials.


Translation of: De stille kracht
Year of publishing: 1991
Publisher: Prensa Universitaria; Palma de Mallorca
Binding: paperback


Jean A. Schalekamp






Present in library Dutch Foundation for Literature

Louis Couperus

Louis Couperus (1863-1923) spent much of his younger life in the Dutch East Indies (modern Indonesia), and many of his novels and stories are set either here, or in The Hague where he was born, though his work also contains impressions of Italy, Africa and China, the fruits of his tireless…

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