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Gestapu: Indonesian Short Stories on the Abortive Communist Coup of 30th September 1965 Harry Aveling

Gestapu: Indonesian Short Stories on the Abortive Communist Coup of 30th September 1965

Harry Aveling

Published 1975
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110 pages
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As Richard Hoggart has written: Literature ... is a bearer of the meanings within a culture. It helps to recreate what it felt like to believe those things, to assume that experience carried and demanded those kinds of value. It dramatizes how it feels on the pulses to live out those kinds of value and, in particular, what stresses and tensions come from that living out. The ten short stories collected and translated here deal with one of the major events in contemporary Indonesian history: Gestapu, the abortive coup of the 30th September 1965 and its aftermath, the destruction of the Communist Party of Indonesia, the Partai Komunis Indonesia, or PKI.[...]Many of the stories in the pages that follow are told in the first person, by Muslim young men. There can be no doubting the genuineness of the personal anguish felt at the necessity to kill other human beings, despite the certitude that such things were necessary. There is a deep compassion for the widows and children, and a concern for the bitterness that they may eventually feel and the possible social consequences. Death is the dominant note- in many places the stories are grim, brutal, even sadistic. Underneath, however, is a deep humanitarianism. To read these stories is to understand a little better the agony that was Indonesias in 1965.Harry Aveling,Penang, 17 May 1974