Cloves for Kolosia

Book Description

The VOC – Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (Dutch East India Company) – ruled over the exotic Indonesian Spice Islands from 1599 to 1799. In their zealous attempt to dominate the spice trade, the Dutch ruthlessly destroyed anything or anyone who dared to oppose them. Entire islands were burned to the ground and the inhabitants murdered to extinction.

Gamati swears to save his family line from annihilation when he and his family fall victim to the infamous plunder expeditions of the VOC. To escape the colonialists’ cruelties, he leads his orphaned grandchildren and a small group of fellow villagers to the safety of another, remote, island north of their current location. The birth of Kolosia, his great-grandson, at sea, assures Gamati of his family’s ability to sail the Moluccan seas freely in years to come.


Product Detail

  • Price: $22.75
  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Dalang Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0-9836273-8-8
  • Product dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping weight: 1 lb

Saturday, August 29, 2015 – Indonesian Day at Union Square, San Francisco

Harmony in Diversity.

Our display offered a glimpse at Indonesian literature. A poster of the Soempa Pemuda on October 28, 1928, served as a reminder of the first time a group of young Indonesian nationalists acknowledged the importance of language and declared, … “Thirdly- We the sons and daughters of Indonesia, respect the language of unity, Indonesian.”

We honored the growth of Indonesian literature and celebrated its position as this year’s guest of honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair by showcasing a poster of the Indonesian Frankfurt Book Fair logo along with a random listing of 92 Indonesian literary icons of then and now.

We exhibited 83 titles of 46 Indonesian authors published by 10 Indonesian publishers. 5 American publishers over time published 10 Indonesian authors and 15 titles of which 5 are novels by Pramoedya Ananta Toer, one of Indonesia’s internationally best known authors.

Notable visitors included The Consul General of Indonesia, the honorable Ardi Hermawan, leaders in the Indonesian community, Olivia Sears, the founder of the Center for the Art of Translation, and Julie Anderson the facilitator of an Indonesian language group in Berkeley.