Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. Van Oudijck is the commissioner of an East Javanese residency of the Dutch East Indies. Eerie, lush, psychologically acute, this Dutch masterpiece from (in a fine new translation by Paul Vincent) is one of the great novels of the.

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In The Hidden Force the decline and fall of the Dutch resident Van Hidven is caused by his inability to see further than his own Western rationalism. He is blind and deaf to the slumbering powers of the East Indian people and countryside.

The Hidden Force – Louis Couperus

The black magic, bird calls, vegetation, heat and the mysterious, hostile attitude of their Javanese subjects prove stronger than the cool power of the colonials. Couperus began his literary career with the novel Eline Vere which is set in The Hague.


This first book showed him to be an adherent of the naturalistic school forrce in his later work he would rise above its restricting edicts. The universality of this theme helps to prevent his work from ever becoming dated.

The Hidden Force

The Hidden Force is also much more than a book about the chasm between white Westerners and warm-blooded Orientals. In fact The Hidden Force is haunted by a force which is even more hidden.

Faced with their direct surroundings people only understand random scraps of an intangible whole, what they call life is nothing but a ripple in the pond of the world. His insight into the tragedy of European colonialism made Couperus a great writer.

And his sympathy for the hybrid, the impure and the ambiguous gave him a peculiarly modern voice. It is extraordinary that this Dutch dandy, writing in the flowery language of fin-de-siecle decadence, should still sound so fresh. The Hidden Force is a tragedy of colonialism essentially comtemporary with, and fully comparable to, the work of Joseph Conrad.


The novel … is surprisingly fresh and lively. Louis Couperus spent much of his younger life in the Dutch East Indies modern Indonesia hidedn, and many of his novels and stories are set either here, or in The Hague where he was born, though his work also contains impressions of Italy, Africa and China, the fruits of his tireless….

The Hidden Force: A Story of Modern Java by Louis Couperus – Free Ebook

Louis Couperus The Hidden Force. A masterly novel about decay.

The Hidden Force is a tragedy of colonialism essentially comtemporary with, and fully comparable to, the work of Joseph Conrad Bookworld. Details De stille kracht Authors lousi translators Books.