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Book review: Indonesia etc by Elizabeth Pisani

By Maria Misra   July 2014

For many, Indonesia is a mysterious place of shadow puppets and spice islands, though perhaps for viewers of the recent film The Art of Killing the brutal anti-communist pogroms of the 1960s might also loom large. A more coherent picture emerges, however, from Elizabeth Pisani’s lucidly analytical but affectionate new book. Indonesia, with over 13,000 islands and 360 ethnic groups, has the fourth largest population in the world, and embraces an astonising variety of religions, from Calvinism to Animism, but more significantly Islam and Catholicism. Though a colourful and entertaining…

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