Gift-wrapped revolutionaries and all things 1945
The timing could not be better, though meeting the deadline has also been a bit nerve-racking. Today, Friday the 11th of September, the Indonesian embassy in Copenhagen is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the declaration of Indonesian independence on 17 August 1945.
NIAS Press editor in chief Gerald Jackson is attending the reception with a special gift in hand, the first copy off the press of John Coast's Recruit to Revolution, a fascinating first-hand account of an Englishman's involvement in the Indonesian struggle for independence. John Coast was also a survivor of the Thailand-Burma ‘Death Railway’ and later brought the likes of Ravi Shankar to a Western audience – a fascinating character and great writer whose text has now been enlivened with great new content and some deft editing by Laura Noszlopy.
Meantime, the office is humming as finally (after a few hiccups) the website for our huge 1945 project – www.EndOfEmpire.ASIA – has gone live. Huge thanks to David (seen behind the book) and Bernd for some long hours and brilliant work. Please take a look; it is stunning. The associated book is also well advanced, out soon. And not surprisingly the Indonesian revolution features largely there, too.
A lot more books are in the pipeline, too. More about them next time.
- Feb. 29 2016
After a year of 48-hour days and frantic juggling, first copies of the printed volume of End of Empire: 100 Days in 1945 that Changed Asia and the World, edited by David P. Chandler, Robert Cribb and Li Narangoa, finally reached the NIAS Press office this morning.