[Daily article] April 7: Drama dari Krakatau

Drama dari Krakatau (Drama of Krakatoa) is a 1929 vernacular Malay novel
written by Kwee Tek Hoay, first published as a serial in his magazine
Panorama between 7 April and 22 December 1928. Inspired by Edward
Bulwer-Lytton’s 1834 novel The Last Days of Pompeii and the 1883
eruption of Krakatoa, the book centres on two families in 1920s Batam
with siblings who were separated in 1883. The brother becomes a
political figure, while the sister marries a Baduy priest-king who
ultimately sacrifices himself to calm a stirring Krakatoa. Before the
final instalment had been published, the novel had already been adapted
for the stage. Although Kwee was known as a realist and researched the
volcano before writing, Drama dari Krakatau is replete with mysticism.
Thematic analyses have focused on the depiction of indigenous cultures
by Kwee (himself ethnic Chinese), as well as geography and nationalism.
As with other works of Chinese Malay literature, the book is not
considered part of the Indonesian literary canon.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Johann Sebastian Bach debuted the St John Passion, a musical
representation of the Passion, at the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig.


American pioneers established the town of Marietta (now in
Ohio), the first permanent American settlement in the Northwest


An Arctic expedition led by Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen
reached 86°13.6’N, almost three degrees beyond the previous Farthest
North mark.


The United Nations established the World Health Organization to
act as a coordinating authority on international public health.


Thousands rioted in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek, resulting in
the collapse of the Kurmanbek Bakiyev government.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

(medicine, pharmacology) The detection, assessment, understanding and
prevention of adverse effects of medicines.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  We need not war to awaken human energy. There is at least equal
scope for courage and magnanimity in blessing, as in destroying mankind.
The condition of the human race offers inexhaustible objects for
enterprise, and fortitude, and magnanimity.  
–William Ellery Channing

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