(From the publisher):
Hella S. Haasse, one of Holland's most popular contemporary authors, best known for her historical novels, was born in the Dutch East Indies in 1918. The stories in this collection, translated into English for the first time, are culled from experiences and impressions absorbed into her memory and imagination during her childhood and youth in the region. 'Forever a Stranger', from which this collection takes its name, is of special significance to Haasse. On the surface, it is a story about a Dutch boy and his Indonesian friend whose childhood bond was increasingly undermined by race and class differences and ultimately destroyed by the Indonesian revolution. At a deeper level, it represents Haasse's attempt to come to terms with the realization that she had 'never been anything more than a foreigner' in the country she had so naturally loved as a child. The other two stories - 'Lidah Boeaja (Crocodile's Tongue)' and 'An Affair (Egbert's Story)' - were first published in Haasse's autobiographical volume entitled Een handvol achtergrond [A Handful of Background]. Both fascinating stories with complex characters and compelling plots, they depict with sensitivity and compassion the conflicting loyalties of individuals trapped in a world they could not quite comprehend.
Original title: Forever a Stranger and Other Stories
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction
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