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The Hidden Force

Van Oudijck; unfortunately, Doddy fell for him at a very tender age and has pretty much wasted any opportunity she might have had such as going to school back in the Netherlands in forcf for him.

Louis Couperus spent much of his younger life in the Dutch East Indies modern Indonesiaand 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….

February External links: The hidden force is not only one of the great masterpieces of Dutch literature, it is a world-class book with which Couperus proves he can effortlessly stand next to great contemporaries such as Emile Zola and Marcel Proust. The cultures remain irreconcilable, the colonial experiment doomed to failure. The powerful Dutch colonizer is unable to deal with the hidden force that is present in the background and is slowly causing damage.

The downfall of Otto van Oudijck makes us painfully aware of the impossibility to fully understand others. Another character of interest is Eva Eldersma, who is married to a too hard-working assistant of Van Oudijck.

It makes him blind and deaf to the needs of his family. The hidden force is an enthralling story about the misunderstandings and incomprehension louus cultures, as well as between close relatives. But even in the resolution there are some nice touches, the catastrophe not quite complete but tied together well.

Otto van Oudijck experiences this personally. She has no direct involvement in Van Oudijck’s domestic dramas, but offers an outsider’s perspective on those, and a different perspective on the challenges facing the Dutch in Java.

The Hidden Force – Louis Couperus

He is down-to-earth, efficient, practical and uncompromising, but also sensitive enough to Javanese understandings of status and power that he can quell an incipient rebellion merely by being very polite to an eminent matriarch, a princess of Solonese descent. As a backdrop to his dramatic story about the demise of commissioner Van Oudijck, he quite literally used his own direct environment, the small community of Dutchmen in a far corner of the colony, but in the novel, that stuffy world acquires a deep, existential resonance that is present throughout his work: Indeed, Van Oudijck lives in blissful or willful ignorance of most of what is going on in his household: In a completely freed, non-moralizing way, he writes about searching and restless people that straddle two centuries.


The other is concealed, magical and mysterious. She is frustrated by her husband’s focus on his work, but unlike most doesn’t go in for the easy affair she could have she, too, has a devoted admirerand instead tries to make the best of life here, putting on entertainments cluperus the like. The Hidden Force – India. And, indeed, The Hidden Force is a story about the futility and cost of colonialism. Die stille Kraft – Deutschland. Otto hivden Oudijck governs his province with vigour.

The Hidden Force – Wikipedia

Please send a request for log in data here. It is, luis it is especially a power that is destructive. The focal point is the tense relationship between two cultures that irreconcilably stand opposite each other.

Teixeira de Mattos’ translation revised and updated by Beekman — who notes: This wear and tear literally takes place on stage: Couperus shows some of the cost to the local population, as the resident must also deal with the much-admired local nobility fprce is also tending towards degeneracy, helped along by alcoholism and a gambling habitbut it’s the failure of the colonialists themselves that is central.

The Western man dominates and controls, but turns out to be unable to get to the core of the Nidden and conquer the culture of the Indies.

Why do we bring all the paraphernalia of our costly civilization with us, considering that it will never last? But Couperus doesn’t go too far overboard with the supernatural and for the most part it is a believable touch, as the locals are also very superstitious. Couperus was married to his cousin, who helped him with his work and kept him company on his trips, but his work is full of undisguised homosexual emotions, especially in his novels that are set in Antiquity, like the madly decadent The hiddeb of light and The comedians A conflict with hidden local officers evokes forces that are too much for this colonial.


Her husband trusts and loves her completely; he doesn’t even consider for the longest time that she may be getting up to inappropriate things behind his back — though he is constantly getting letters denouncing her and accusing her of horrible things many pouis which she is, in fact, guilty of.

Each one of them develops into the symbol of a state of mind, an attitude towards the world. She organises the residency’s social life Leonie abjuring her duties in that regardattempting to maintain European culture by putting on theatrical and musical events.

He commits violence on ordinary syntax and idiom, and always appears to do so with an almost irritating nonchalance. They suffer, they are bored, and while they can get together for a good cause the larger picture is one of growing decay moral and otherwise. Authors and translators Books. Addy gets around, too, and certainly seems to have met his ideal match in Mrs. 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.

Louks insight into the tragedy of European colonialism made Couperus a great writer. People who say farewell to old certainties and learn to deal with a new world full of questions and without answers. With an astounding psychological insight and much empathy, Couperus describes how his characters, each in their own way, start looking for a new meaning in their lives, new relationships with each other. What is left is a powerless western man in the Indonesian forest.

He is oblivious to the fact that his wife is having affairs with other men. As a small boy, little Louis often had to walk to the Indian bathroom in the dark, which was far away from the house during colonial times.