Visiting Indonesia? A resident? Interested in this wild and wacky and wonderful country? Bones of the Dark Moon not only presents contemporary Bali in a fresh way but also explains the terrible events of 1965, a dark episode that all visitors and residents should be aware of.
The novel is getting rave reviews:
“Deftly weaving the memories and legacies of this grim past into the tensions of modern-day life in Bali, Richard Lewis plots a tangled web of circumstance, shadow and human tragedy. This is a powerful novel about Balinese memories of a terrible time.”
— Robert Cribb, Professor of Asian Politics and History, School of Culture, History and Language, Research School of Asia and the Pacific, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University. Author of “Indonesian Killings 1965”
“Composed in a flowing and plain prose, Lewis’s novel navigates between the familiar and the unfamiliar. His portrayal of Nol, one of the leading characters—of Nol’s traumatic history and marginal geography—exhibits his intimacy with the daily life of an ordinary Balinese. The novel moves effortlessly from the outside to the inside, and vice versa—which is to me very appealing. Bones of the Dark Moon … is rich with close-ups of regrets, fear, sadness, and moments of happiness. It allows the quiet force of ambiguity to play. At the end, the human survives the crushing strides of political history.”
— Goenawan Mohamad, founder and editor of Indonesia’s Tempo Magazine, International Editor of the Year 1999, recipient of the Dan David Prize award, 2006.
“A captivating novel that highlights a dark but fascinating history in Bali during the cold war. It also offers an interesting and educational glimpse into the culture and complicated relationships of this part of the world. It accomplishes all of this while providing a suspenseful mystery.”
—Kevin Holtsberry, Collected Miscellany
Printed copies available for USD 25.00 (free shipping in Indonesia).
Author’s email address for Paypal payment is richard at richardlewisauthor dot com.
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