The Year of Living Dangerously

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Vintage, 1978 - Historical fiction - 295 pages
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The charismatic god-king Sukarno has brought Indonesia to the edge of chaos - to an abortive revolution that will leave half a million dead. For the Western correspondents here, this gathering apocalypse is their story and their drug, while the sufferings of the Indonesian people are scarcely real: a shadow play. Working at the eye of the storm are television correspondent Guy Hamilton and his eccentric dwarf cameraman Billy Kwan. In Kwan's secret fantasy life, both Sukarno and Hamilton are heroes. But his heroes betray him, and Billy is driven to desperate action. As the Indonesian shadow play erupts into terrible reality, a complex personal tragedy of love, obsession and betrayal comes to its climax.

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User Review  - Lucy - Goodreads

Outstanding. Beautifully written and completely realized. Conveys a deep understanding of the time and place, and of both the advantages and the plight of the perpetual outsider. I was even able to get the equally outstanding film out of my head and enjoy the novel on its own merits. Read full review

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User Review  - Troy Alexander - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this book. Reading it while holidaying in Indonesia probably added to the enjoyment. As an Australian I should have read Christopher Koch before now, and after this, I'm definitely keen to read more. Read full review

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About the author (1978)

Christopher Koch is of Irish, English and German ancestry. For a good deal of his life he was a broadcasting producer, working for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Sydney. He has lived and worked in London and elsewhere overseas. He has been a full-time writer since 1972, winning international praise and a number of awards for his five previous novels - many of which are translated in a number of European countries. In 1995, Koch was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for his contribution to Australian literature.

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