Exploring the Improbable NationBook - 2014 | First edition
"An entertaining and thought-provoking portrait of Indonesia: a rich, dynamic, and often maddening nation awash with contradictions. Eighty million Indonesians live without electricity and many of its communities still share in ritual sacrifices. 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 13,500 islands, the world's fourth most populous nation has been working on that 'etc.' ever since. The author traveled 26,000 miles around the archipelago in search of the links that bind this impossibly disparate nation. Pisani shares her deck space with pigs and cows, bunks down in a sulfurous volcano, and takes tea with a corpse. Along the way, she observes Big Men with child brides, debates corruption and cannibalism, and ponders 'sticky' traditions that cannot be erased"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, ©2014
Edition: First edition
Branch Call Number: 915.98 PIS 2014
Characteristics: 404 pages : map ; 25 cm