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Refresh and try again. Haasse ,. Anita Miller Translator. Series by Hella S. Mevrouw Bentinck 2 books by Hella S. Quotes by Hella S. He can - as you know - die of thirst even when he has the clearest water within his reach. To be free No one has to drag along more ballast than he wants to and he who allows himself to be bound is a fool.

The biggest fools are those who wear shackles of cobwebs and believe themselves to be helpless. Er is ooit een toestand van volmaakt geluk geweest die men in de loop van de tijd onophoudelijk verliest, vergeet.

Toch blijft men geloveen dat die ergens in het verleden verzonken is en hervonden kan worden. Haasse, Berichten van het Blauwe Huis. Dan vind je een idiote vraag, en je hebt gelijk. Blijf dat nou net zo idioot vinden, als het mensen betreft. Anders zijn - dat is gewoon. Iedereen is anders dan een ander. Ik ben ook anders dan jij. Maar minder of meer zijn door de kleur van je gezicht of door wat je vader is- dat is nonsens. Oeroeg is immers je vriend? Als hij zo is dat hij je vriend kan zijn- hoe kan hij dan ooit minder zijn dan jij, of een ander?

Haasse, Oeroeg. See all Hella S. Which book should be our May group read? Historical Fiction. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys. Orlando by Virginia Woolf. The Tin Flute by Gabrielle Roy. Company of Liars by Karen Maitland. The Hourglass Factory by Lucy Ribchester. An Undisturbed Peace by Mary Glickman. Topics Mentioning This Author. Welcome back. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Oeroeg 3. Rate this book Clear rating 1 of 5 stars 2 of 5 stars 3 of 5 stars 4 of 5 stars 5 of 5 stars.

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Two friends living in Dutch colonial West Java, a Dutch boy and a native local, are torn apart by the march of history and Indonesia's fight for independence. She moved to the Netherlands when her mother fell ill, but moved back to Batavia in After high school she decided to study Scandinavian Languages and Literature in Amsterdam. She is famous for her novels, poetry, essays, and travel experiences, and Oeroeg , her second novel, earned her public recognition. The events described in the book are written as a flashback. Set in the 40s and 50s in the Dutch Indies now Indonesia , the novel describes a friendship between two boys from completely different backgrounds. When they are young, their linguistic and cultural differences do not matter to them, but later on, as these contrasts grow more obvious, the boys are driven apart.


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First published anonymously in , it has become one of the best-known Dutch novels and a staple of literary education for many Dutch school children. The novel, a Bildungsroman , is set in the Dutch East Indies , and tells the story of an anonymous narrator growing up on a plantation in the Dutch colony West Java. His childhood friend is a boy of the same age, but of native descent. As the narrator grows up he finds himself becoming estranged from his friend, as a result of the political and racial circumstances of colonial life. After having served in the army during World War II, he returns to his native land, only to be told that this is not where he belongs, and that he must leave. Oeroeg was published in , at a time of great anxiety in the Netherlands over the future of their colony in the East; after the end of World War II it became clear quickly that Indonesia would be independent one way or another, and that the Netherlands would have to reconsider their status as a colonizing nation and, thus, the attendant claims of intellectual and cultural superiority.


For many Dutch people, Oeroeg was an eyeopening introduction to race relations in the colonial Dutch East Indies. In the brief scope of a novella, Haasse illuminates the fundamental problems of the colonial system. From early childhood, the white narrator of the story has been inseparable from his friend, a native boy called Oeroeg. Both gradually discover the nature of their positions in the colonial world. Many whites treat the natives in a careless, even reckless manner. The native boy develops into a young nationalist.

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