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Lighter than I (Lichter dan ik)

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Original Language: Dutch | 320 pp. | September 2019

2 Seas Represents: World Excl. Dutch

English sample available

HISTORICAL FICTION | DEBUT NOVEL

Moving, historical novel about position, desire and identity in the Dutch East Indies of the late nineteenth century.

Yokya, Java, 1850. Isah is the daughter of the sultan’s tailor. Her life and position in the strongly hierarchical culture of colonial Java seem to be predetermined. However, Isah possesses an extraordinary determination and a willful character. She takes control of her destiny and escapes her arranged marriage by starting an affair with a ‘Belanda’, a Dutchman stationed on Java. But what does she have to sacrifice to provide her two daughters of mixed blood with a life better than her own?

Dido Michielsen is a journalist and writer. She wrote among others Dochters van ver, Lisa & Lin: Vijf weken terug in China and De redding van de familie Van Cleeff. Her fiction debut Lighter than I is based on the life of her great-grandmother.