8 Amazing Books that will inspire you to visit Indonesia

Indonesia Etc. Exploring the Improbable Nation by Elizabeth Pisani

Elizabeth Pisani is a foreign correspondent and epidemiologist who has worked and lived in Indonesia for years. The book is based on her 13 months long journey around Indonesian archipelago, on which she visited the country’s main islands and their large cities as well as rural areas, engaging with the local people in their everyday life. An insightful and very personal account on Indonesia’s recent history, politics, culture and customs.

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Snowing in Bali: The Incredible Inside Account of Bali’s Hidden Drug World by Kathryn Bonella

Snowing in Bali is an insight to the drug scene in the biggest drug capital of the world. From multi-million dollars deals to death sentences in Indonesian prisons, the book is an eye opener on the causes and consequences of getting involve in this highly risky business.

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In the Time of Madness: Indonesia on the Edge of Chaos by Richard Lloyd Parry

An eyewitness account of the political turmoil  and tribal wars in  Indonesia in the late 1990’s.  British journalist, Richard Lloyd Parry, has been sent to Indonesia to report on fights between the indigenous Dayak people and the Madurese people in Borneo, the fall of Suharto in Jakarta and the referendum for independence in East Timor.

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Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded by Simon Winchester

Simon Winchester’s bestselling book about Krakatoa, a volcanic island west of Java, which was destroyed in the legendary 1883 eruption, unleashing immense tsunami that killed over 36 thousand people. From an entirely new perspective, Winchester discusses the impact the disaster had on the society and the modern world.

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This Earth of Mankind by Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Set against the backdrop of Dutch colonial rule, This Earth of Mankind tells a story of a Javanese boy, Minke. Coming from relatively high-class family, Minke was able to attend an elite Dutch high school. One day he meets and falls in love with a daughter of a rich Dutchman. The novel explores the dark side of colonialism and the effect it had on the native people.

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A History of Modern Indonesia by Adrian Vickers

A general introduction to Indonesia’s most recent history from the early twentieth century and the Dutch colonial rule through to the fall of President Suharto’s New Order regime and general election in 2004.

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A Brief History of Indonesia by Tim Hannigan

In this concise introduction to Indonesia, Tim Hanningan describes the historical events and  characters that shaped one of the largest countries in the world; from  traders, missioners and explores to modern day American movie stars.

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Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert

A bestseller travel memoir by American author Elizabeth Gilbert, who after her divorce and unsuccessful rebound relationship decides to spend a year traveling in Italy, India and Indonesia.

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