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Max Havelaar - a Dutch civil servant in Java - burns with an insatiable desire to end the ill treatment and oppression inflicted on the native peoples by the colonial administration. Max is an inspirational figure, but he is also a flawed idealist whose vow to protect the Javanese from cruelty ends in his own downfall. In Max Havelaar, Multatuli (the pseudonym for Eduard D ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by Penguin Classics (first published 1860)
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nanto
Ini buku bagus yang terlebih dulu saya nonton filmnya. Termasuk salah satu buku yang kemudian memunculkan kritik pedas terhadap kolonialisme di Hindia Belanda (lihat buku Robert Nieuwenhuys (ed.) “Bianglala Sastra” yang di-Indonesia-kan oleh Dick Hartoko, atau judul Inggrisnya Mirror of the Indies). Pengarangnya menggunakan nama pena Multatuli (He who has suffered much) atau nama aslinya Eduard Douwes Dekker. Masih ada hubungan darah dengan pahlawan nasional D. Setiabudi, bahkan kerap disalahsan ...more
Pvw
Apr 09, 2011 Pvw rated it liked it
This book is like an onion. It is based on the collected writings of a certain Max Havelaar, a Dutch assistant-governor of the former colony of Java. His writings, originally in German, are translated by the young student Stern, who resides as a guest in Amsterdam, in the house of the selfish coffe tradesman Droogstoppel. It is this character, Droogstoppel, that supposedly tells the reader the different stories.

I have no idea why Multatuli chose this multi-layered technique. It does however allo
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Steve
[This book has been translated into many, many languages, including English.]


In the words of J.J. Oversteegen, found in the Afterword of the Dutch edition I read, Max Havelaar (1860 - the uncensored version appeared in 1875) is "de grootste roman, die ooit in Nederland geschreven is" (the greatest novel ever written in the Netherlands). As the Afterword is dated 1983 and not 1883, such an assertion is bound to get my attention(*) since I have a high opinion of the work of Nescio and Harry Mulisc
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Helvry Sinaga


Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
(Lord Acton, Letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton, 1887)

Mungkin penyakit yang paling berbahaya tidak akan ditemukan di laboratorium, tetapi dalam semesta kehidupan, dan penyakit itu bernama korupsi. Penyakit tersebut telah lama ada, dan dengan sukses membiakkan dirinya dari generasi ke generasi. Eduard Douwes Dekker yang dikenal dengan nama pena Multatuli, menulis novel ini dengan protagonis Max Havelaar. Max Havelaar adalah seorang
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Darnia
Buku yang memakan waktu cukup lama untuk diselesaikan (at least buat gw). Gw nggak terbiasa dengan gaya bahasanya dan penuturannya yang -- di bab-bab pertengahan -- agak kemana-mana. Di luar semua itu dan apakah Max Havelaar ini adalah sang Multatuli sendiri, tema yang diangkat memang sanggup bikin Pemerintah Kolonial ketar-ketir. Pantas saja buku ini begitu "ditakuti" pada masanya. Dan bahkan....mungkin isu yang diangkat masih valid hingga era sekarang?

Yang jelas menjadi jujur di kancah perpoli
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Edward
May 06, 2015 Edward rated it liked it
Translator's Introduction
Introduction


--Max Havelaar

Notes
Marc
Jan 06, 2013 Marc rated it liked it
If you can read just one Dutch novel, please read this one. Although it's from the mid-19th Century, it still is an impressive indictment against colonial injustice. Highlights are the character of Droogstoppel, the speech to the leaders of Lebak, the little story about the Japanese stone-labourer and the longer story on Saïdjah en Adinda. The middle piece is a bit tiresome, with lots of elaborations, but I still love this novel.
Laura
You may read online here.

Thanks dear Wanda for providing this useful link.
Mgooskens
Jun 13, 2015 Mgooskens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
De Adam en Eva van de moderne Nederlandse literatuur. Een boek met zo'n leeftijd wordt vaak achtervolgd door de notie dat de tekst wel waarde zal dragen, maar te verjaard is om als eigentijdse (lees: jonge) lezer van te genieten. Het is deze notie die Multatuli doorbreekt en het de status geeft als grondlegger van onze huidige vaderlandse literatuur. De gelaagdheid van het boek is zodanig opgebouwd dat het niet verstikkend werkt en laat je als lezer meeleven met de verschillende perspectieven. V ...more
Sylvia
This is what you called a must read for very Dutch student studying Dutch literature.
Eduard Douwes Dekker is telling in this novel his life as an assistent-resident (Dutch official in former Dutch Indië).
I have read this book several times as a student. Dekker's work was one of my specialism. His way of writing was new in the 19th century and the book was received with negative and positive critism.
He accused the Dutch Goverment of abuse in their colony, which was used only to get as many pro
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Mindy McAdams
Sep 22, 2013 Mindy McAdams rated it liked it
Recommends it for: interested in colonial Dutch East Indies
This was the last novel about Indonesia that I read before going there to live for 10 months. It’s not always easy for a 21st century reader to enjoy a 19th century novel, and this one is certainly not going to captivate everyone who undertakes it. I stuck with it even though at times it was annoying. At the end, I was glad to have read it.

I wanted to read it because I have seen many references to this book in my reading about the colonial past of Indonesia. The subtitle, "Or the Coffee Auctions
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Leonart Maruli
Sempet dengar dan lihat di Youtube kala Pramoedya mengatakan "barangsiapa belum membaca Multatuli, dia belum mengenal kemanusiaan."

Gue yakin-seyakin-yakinnya kalau Tetralogi Buru punya "nyawa" dan visi yang sama dengan Max Havelaar karya Multatuli walaupun novel Uncle Tom's Cabin merupakan novel pertama yang mengangkat tema perbudakan manusia dan ketidakadilan... Karakter Droogstoppel mengingatkanku kepada Jacques Pangemanann dalam Rumah Kaca (keduanya memiliki karakter seperti pedang bermata du
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Jeske
Aug 13, 2012 Jeske rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1001-books-list, 2015
Wow, i knew the Netherlands has a deeply shameful history when it comes to their colonies in the East Indies.. but to read it in so much detail.. :( I was deeply vexed and wanted to kick something towards the end of the book. I could so empathize with the anger of Max Havelaar. How could such injustice exist for so long?!
Multatuli (Eduard Douwes Dekker) used an interesting way to tell the story, which i liked. From what i've learnt about him in this book, he seemed a person i would have loved to
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~ Odette Knappers
If ou don't read some book in high-school, you never read the. My father owns a lovely old leather edition of this book, one he got from his parents when he decided to study Dutch. I loved that I read a beautiful, old edition like that. I remembered I brought this book with me on summer holiday to a lovely house in a little village in France. I always read a lot during summer holidays, and I've already decided to read this book for my last year of high-school. I figured, why not starting the yea ...more
Jane
Sep 27, 2012 Jane rated it liked it
Read online: https://en.m.wikisource.org/wiki/Max_...

Scathing indictment of colonialism. This is tempting me to reread.
Eva
Jan 13, 2016 Eva rated it it was ok
Not my cup of tea at all.
Michiyo 'jia' Fujiwara
Woooowwww DAHSYAT!!!

Kejutan di paragraf terakhir sekaligus penutup. Kalimat dari sang empunya sendiri; Maltatuli..
“Buku ini isinya aneka ragam, tidak beraturan, pengarangnya mengejar sensasi, gayanya buruk! Tidak tampak keahliannya...tidak ada bakat..tidak ada metode..

Cukuplah Stern yang baik, Aku Maltatuli..yang mengangkat pena. Aku menghidupkan anda.aku datangkan anda dari Hamburg. Aku ajarkan anda bahasa Belanda yang baik, dalam waktu yang singkat sekali..Aku suruh anda mencium Louise Rosemei
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Czarny Pies
Oct 16, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everybody. This is a great introduction to the economic problems of the third world.
Colonialism has had a bad press since the sixteenth century. The problem in such unanimity of opinion, few ever bother to explain exactly how colonials was it was bad. It this remarkable work which is not a true a novel is the expose of a failing colonial system. Using the pen name of Mutlatuli, Eduard Douwes Dekker, a former dutch colonial administrator explained in great deal how the Dutch colonial administration worked and why it was failing.

Dekker identified three very fundamental problems:

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Kristel
Feb 16, 2014 Kristel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of Max Havelaar is a social commentary on colonialism as well as a political statement of the abuse of government and the ineffectiveness of Christianity without charity. The story is set in 1853 or there abouts in Indonesia (Java) at that time and is the story of why change is almost impossible in systems that are as large as governments and even a good person is basically unable to make any good change.

This is a 4 star read for me. I hated the poor condition of my kindle edition and
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Devania Annesya
ah, buku ini... sebenarnya bintang 2 untuk gaya penceritaannya yang berbelit-belit dan menggunakan multilayer pov. banyak kisah campur aduk ala gado gado sehingga sebagai fiksi buku ini susah dinikmati. namun saya beri bintang 5 untuk keberanian eduard douwes dekker. keterbelit-belitan gaya penceritaan ini seperti ketakutan dalam menyatakan kebenaran. namun di saat yang sama saya juga merasakan keberanian nurani sang penulis. Mr Dekker seolah ingin menyembunyikan kenyataan dalam kedok fiksi namu ...more
Jacob Boorsma
Dec 21, 2014 Jacob Boorsma rated it it was ok
I got one word to describe this book: OUTDATED.

I mean, the book has some nice elements and other things you would like to see in a book, but in this form, the information just doesn't appeal because the book is so outdated.

Also, Multatuli is far too ambitious for a man of his writing skills, with a far too big ego, and it annoys me.
Liliyah
Jun 30, 2008 Liliyah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sejarah
tidak semua org Belanda yang hidup tiga ratus tahun lalu di negeri ini adalah penjajah. Perjuangan Multatuli adalah anomali. Sebagai seorang asisten residen dia justru memperjuangkan kaum pribumi-buruh tani di Lebak Banten.

tetapi hingga kini, masih saja buruh-tani terjajah. Kali ini oleh bangsanya sendiri. Lebih miris.

NB : Bos gw mpe bikin naskah drama-teaternya...hiks, sedih bacanya.
Nisa Rahmah
Dec 01, 2014 Nisa Rahmah rated it it was amazing
Jika politik itu kotor, puisi akan membersihkannya.

Jika politik bengkok, sastra akan meluruskannya.

—John F. Kennedy




Kisah bermula dari seorang makelar kopi yang tidak menyukai sastra bernama Droogstoppel. Sebagai orang yang berkecimpung dalam bursa selama bertahun-tahun, baginya, karya sastra serupa novel atau puisi hanyalah kata-kata yang indah, jauh dari kebenaran. Misalnya:

"Jam berdentang empat kali

Dan sudah tidak hujan lagi"

Komentarnya: Aku tidak akan mengucapkan sesuatu pun untuk menentang p
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Louise
Mar 02, 2017 Louise rated it liked it
3,5
Zita Zwart
I sort of kind of finished this yesterday (I skipped a few chapters oops). Didn't really like it, to me it felt more like a very long political statement than an actual novel.
Edward
Apr 05, 2016 Edward rated it really liked it
whistle-blower
noun
noun: whistleblower
a person who informs on a person or organization regarded as engaging in an unlawful or immoral activity.


“Max Havelaar: Or the Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trading Company ” is an 1860 satire piece written by Eduard Douwes-Dekker under his pen name Multatuli (latin for “I have suffered much”).

There have been many attempts to describe this book over the years. However, I think the easiest way to describe this book is that it is a concrete body of work of a wh
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Tess
Apr 11, 2015 Tess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zie hoe de vlinder daar rondfladdert.
Zyn vlerkjes schitteren als een veelkleurige bloem.
Zyn hartje is verliefd op de bloesem der kanari:
Zeker zoekt hy zyn welriekende geliefde.

Veel geluk, myn vlinder, ik wens u heil!
Ge zult gewis vinden wat gy zoekt...
Maar ik zit alleen by het djati-bos,
Wachtende op wat myn hart liefheeft.
Reeds lang heeft de vlinder gekust
De kenari-bloesem die hy zozeer bemint...
Maar nog altyd is myn ziel
En myn hart bitter bedroefd... Adinda!

Zie, hoe de zon schittert daar omhoog
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Benny
Aug 30, 2016 Benny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Max Havelaar is het oerboek van de Nederlandse literatuur. Een titel die iedereen kent, doch weinigen volledig gelezen hebben. Een vlotte hap is het geenszins.

Ook ik aarzelde danig. In de boekenwinkel schrikt de oude spelling van de uitgave me dermate af dat ik het boek zelfs niet meenam op reis naar Java. In plaats daarvan ging het bijna even oude (maar merkelijk dunnere) De Stille Kracht in de rugzak. Het boek van Couperus vond ik zo sterk dat ik eenmaal terug thuis besloot om nu ook Max Have
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Red
Apr 11, 2013 Red rated it liked it
Een vader zou voor 'n oogenblik het huis verlaten. Om de
scherpzinnigheid zyner kinderen op de proef te stellen, gaf hy
hun te raden wat hy zou gedaan hebben gedurende z'n afwezigheid.

Een der kinderen, die een blauw buisje droeg, zeide:

- Ik weet het al. Vader is naar den kleermaker, om zich 'n
blauw buisje te laten aanmeten.

Het tweede kind, dat gaarne zoetigheid at, werd boos op
BLAUWBUIS, die zoo dom kon zyn te gelooven dat de vader een
blauw huisje droeg, als hy.

- Ik weet beter, reide het. Vade
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Wong1st
Feb 07, 2013 Wong1st rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
Read in English version
This so called classic book is still very relevant for today modern time. Today, instead of countries level, there are companies/corporates levels, modern imperialism: “Manufactures, Factories, Mines, and so on “trading” companies”
And how amusing to read Droogstoppel hypocrite snorts, and how annoying to realize this typical character really exist in your daily life.
This is an Indonesian “Uncle Tom's Cabin”,
to Multatuli, from bottom of my heart I salute you

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Eduard Douwes Dekker, better known by his pen name Multatuli (from Latin multa tuli, "I have suffered much"), was a Dutch writer famous for his satirical novel, Max Havelaar (1860) in which he denounced the abuses of colonialism in the colony of the Dutch East Indies (today's Indonesia).
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