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Indonesia, Etc.

Exploring the Improbable Nation

Elizabeth Pisani (Author)


"A spectacular achievement and one of the very best travel books I have read." —Simon Winchester, Wall Street Journal

Declaring independence in 1945, Indonesia said it would "work out the details of the transfer of power etc. as soon as possible." With over 300 ethnic groups spread across over 13,500 islands, the world’s fourth most populous nation has been working on that "etc." ever since. Author Elizabeth Pisani traveled 26,000 miles in search of the links that bind this disparate nation.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • June 2015
  • ISBN 978-0-393-35127-9
  • 5.4 × 8.3 in / 416 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, Singapore and Malaysia, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

Endorsements & Reviews

“Exuberant and wise…Pisani is an exceptionally resourceful observer of the ongoing battle to define Indonesia.” — Pankj Mishra, The New Yorker

“Beautifully written, richly entertaining.” — The Economist

“A rollicking good adventure…To read Indonesia Etc. is to grow rather fond of both author and country.” — Pallavi Aiyar, Los Angeles Review of Books

“For anyone about to visit the place, [Elizabeth Pisani’s] book is an essential companion.” — Misha Glenny, Guardian

“Intrepid and passionate…Profound, lasting, a masterpiece of its genre—and so much fun!” — Amy Wilentz, author of The Rainy Season and Farewell, Fred Voodoo

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