Out of Exile

By Sutan Sjahrir; Maria Duchâteau-Sjahrir et al. | Go to book overview

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BANDA NEIRA

BANDA NEIRA, FEBRUARY 11, 1936

TODAY Hafil and I arrived in our new island of internment. Although the newspapers had written about it for several months, and hence I could more or less expect something of this sort, nevertheless the change took place suddenly. There was not much formality, and they only asked us for a signed statement that as long as we were interned on Banda Neira we would not engage in any political activity.

We left Boven Digoel on January 30, and we were thus under way for about ten days. First we went along the coast of New Guinea, along Mimika -- notorious for the savage Kaja-Kajas-then Fak-Fak, and via Ceram to Banda Neira, the capital of the Banda Islands.

We are not restricted to the capital, however, but to the whole group of Banda Islands, and these stretch more than two hundred kilometers from here, according to the commander. We thus have extensive "living space" now, as well as vast, ineffable natural beauty.

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After approximately one year's time at Digoel, Sjahrir was moved from New Guinea to Banda Neira in the Molucca Islands; a far less severe internment. At Banda Neira he was allowed much more freedom of movement. There was no longer direct censorship of his mail, and his status was that of an exile rather than a prisoner. He was not, of course, allowed to leave the Banda Islands or to go to any other islands in the archipelago. He was still a prisoner, but his prison had increased in size and comfort.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction vii
  • Glossary of Unfamiliar Names Used in the Text xxi
  • Book One 1
  • 2 - Intermezzo 42
  • 3 52
  • 4 79
  • Book Two 217
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