Found project: Statue of Multatuli

    Project : Statue of Multatuli

    Language variant : Standbeeld van Multatuli

    Architect : n/a

    Locality : Amsterdam

    Country : Netherlands

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    Description :

    Eduard Douwes Dekker (1820–1887), better known by his pen name Multatuli, was a Dutch writer famous for his satirical novel, Max Havelaar (1860), which denounced the abuses of colonialism in the Dutch East Indies (today’s Indonesia).

    He was working as a civil servant in the Dutch colonies and decided to expose in detail the scandals he had witnessed, and he began to do so in newspaper articles and pamphlets. Little notice, however, was taken of his protestations until, in 1860, he published his novel Max Havelaar under the pseudonym of Multatuli. Dekker’s new pseudonym, which is derived from Latin, means, “I have suffered much”, or, more literally “I have borne much” referring to himself, as well as, it is thought, to the victims of the injustices he saw. An attempt was made to ignore this irregular (for the 1860s) book, but in vain; it was read all over Europe. The exposure of the abuse of free labour in the Dutch Indies was thorough, although colonialist apologists accused Dekker’s terrible picture of being overdrawn. (June 29, 2011).

    Ed. Katriina Puputti

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    Statue of Multatuli
    Statue of Multatuli
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