6pm Thursday November 15th at Asia Bookroom
Tony Reid discusses his latest book in conversation with Jennifer Lindsay
Mataram. A Novel of Love, Faith and Power in Early Java Seventeenth-century Java is in turmoil between its Hindu-Buddhist past and its Muslim future, while pepper draws Europe’s quarrelling spice-hungry traders to its shores. Thomas Hodges of the East India Company seizes a chance at glory by being the first to venture ashore at the pepper port of Banten in 1608. Will he unlock the mysterious riches of Java for the English, or die forgotten with a Javanese kris or Portuguese poignard between his ribs? The key seems to lie with his captivating interpreter Sri, under whose spell he falls, but Hodges can only keep both Sri and his Englishness by inventing a mission from King James to the mysterious great ruler of the interior – Mataram. In Mataram he finds a kingdom poised to decide its destiny – between a rich past of gods and spirits, a sterner Islam and pushy Europeans offering both science and God. For Hodges and Sri, survival alone will be a challenge; reconciling survival and desire with conscience in this mysterious spiritual landscape, appears impossible. Romance, intrigue, warfare, adventure – Mataram has all the ingredients necessary to bring 17th century Java to life. Barbara Watson Andaya (University of Hawai’i) Tony Reid is better known as Professor Anthony Reid, author of ten historical works on Southeast Asia, including the much-read and translated Southeast Asia in the Age of Commerce, c. 1450 – 1680. He has taught Southeast Asian history at universities in the US (Yale, UCLA, Hawaii) and Australia (ANU) as well as Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. He now lives in Canberra. This is his first work of fiction. Jennifer Lindsay has lived in Indonesia at various times since 1970 in various guises, including student, researcher, diplomat, and program officer. She has translated many literary works from Indonesian into English, and is a regular translator and contributor for Indonesia’s magazine, Tempo. She now divides her time between Indonesia and Australia.
When: Thursday, Nov 15, 2018. 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Asia Bookroom Lawry Place, Macquarie (Just across the road from Jamison Shopping Centre) RSVP: By November 14th to 62515191 or firstname.lastname@example.org Entry by gold coin donation to Nusa Tenggara Association (NTA). For more details please visit http://www.nta.org.au/