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Jakarta Post

‘Pangeran dari Timur’ chronicles the tragic life of Raden Saleh

  • Sebastian Partogi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 27 2020   /  02:09 am

Courtesy of Bentang PustakaIksaka Banu and Kurnia Effendi’s new novel, Pangeran Dari Timur (The Prince from the East) chronicles the tragic yet vibrant life of Indonesia’s legendary painter, Raden Saleh.Indonesian authors Iksaka Banu and Kurnia Effendi have just launched a book they coauthored, a nearly 600-page historical novel called Pangeran Dari Timur that was more than 20 years in the making.

The double-plot novel that centers on the life of the great painter Raden Saleh (1811-1880) and the Indonesian intellectuals of the early 20th century is a tragic story of how colonialism and racism let Indonesia’s creative and intellectual minds down in the preindependence era.

The life and death of Raden Saleh is the anchor of the dual narrative, beginning with his artistic talents and interests emerging as a child and through the eventual expansion of his artistic abiliti...