In the Time of Madness - Indonesia on the Edge of Chaos

Author(s): Richard Lloyd Parry


From the acclaimed author of People Who Eat Darkness comes this "deeply felt" account of Indonesia at the crossroads of freedom and terror (Time, Asia).

In the last years of the twentieth century, foreign correspondent Richard Lloyd Parry found himself in the vast island nation of Indonesia, one of the most alluring, mysterious, and violent countries in the world. For thirty-two years, it had been paralyzed by the grip of the dictator and mystic General Suharto, but now the age of Suharto was coming to an end. Would freedom prevail, or was the "time of madness" predicted centuries before now at hand?

On the island of Borneo, tribesmen embarked on a rampage of headhunting and cannibalism. Vast jungles burned uncontrollably; money lost its value; there were plane crashes and volcanic eruptions. Then, after Suharto's tumultuous fall, came the vote on East Timor's independence from Indonesia. And it was here, trapped in the besieged compound of the United Nations, that Richard reached his own breaking point.

A book of hair-raising immediacy and psychological unravelling, In the Time of Madness is an accomplishment in the great tradition of Conrad, Orwell, and Ryszard Kapuściński.


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  • : 9780802142931
  • : Grove/Atlantic, Incorporated
  • : Grove Press
  • : 0.382832
  • : January 2007
  • : .86 Inches X 5.5 Inches X 8.25 Inches
  • : books

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  • : Richard Lloyd Parry
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 959.803/9
  • : 328