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Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. Van Oudijck is the commissioner of an East Javanese residency of the Dutch East Indies. Eerie, lush, psychologically acute, this Dutch masterpiece from (in a fine new translation by Paul Vincent) is one of the great novels of the.

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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. Indeed, Van Oudijck lives in blissful or willful ignorance of most of what is going on in his household: The downfall of Otto van Oudijck makes us painfully aware of the impossibility to fully understand others.

He coupeus, however, oblivious corce the “hidden forces” of Java, dismissing the mysticism of local prince Sunario as fanaticism.

But even in the resolution there are some hiddeh touches, the catastrophe not quite complete but hldden together well. The divorced Constance van de Welcke, one of the main characters, is a formidable anti-Bovary; when she loses her illusions about social standing and romance, she has to start looking for something that can make her life useful again. The hidden force takes place in the Dutch Indies, but tells a story that is universal.

In a novel he wrote a few years later, set in The Hague, Old people and the things that passhe uses a jealous murder from the youth of people who are now very old as an inducement to write about the mystery of passion. The Hidden Force – India. He is also oblivious to what is te in his own household.


In the works of Couperus, The Hague symbolizes the social world that puts people in chains. As a small boy, little Louis often had to walk to the Fkrce bathroom in the dark, which was far away from the house during colonial times. In the soundtrack, western piano music is affected and discolored by eastern percussion and edited nature sounds.

The hidden force De stille kracht is a visionary novel that places western culture opposite eastern culture as being irreconcilable. No log in data? Divorced, he has four children from his first wife: The universality of this theme helps to prevent his work from ever becoming dated.

His journalistic work brought Couperus a large audience. But literary fame hardly satisfied him. The focal point is the tense relationship between two cultures that irreconcilably stand opposite each other.

The Hidden Force: A Story of Modern Java by Louis Couperus

In the original Dutch, Couperus’s unorthodox syntax is replete with neologisms. He slowly loses all of his certainties and all he holds dear. This wear and tear literally takes place on stage: Louis Couperus The Hidden Force.

Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. 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: But when Van Oudijck dismisses a local regent for misconduct, mysterious things start to happen in his house and around him.


And his sympathy for the hybrid, the impure and the ambiguous gave him a peculiarly modern voice. The Hidden Force – UK. Authors and translators Books. One is of a supernatural variety: He is oblivious to the fact that his wife is having affairs with other men. Please send a request for log in data here. People who say farewell to old certainties and learn to deal with a new world full of questions and without answers.

The lives of seemingly placid people in The Hague are marked by volcanic passions. The Hidden Force by Louis Couperus. Another character of interest is Eva Eldersma, who is married to a too hard-working assistant of Van Oudijck.

In fact The Hidden Force is haunted by a force which is even more hidden.