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Year of Living Dangerously author CJ Koch dies at 81


Australian author Christopher John (CJ) Koch, famous for writing The Year of Living Dangerously, has died at 81 in Tasmania, reports the BBC.

His first novel, The Boys in the Island, in 1958, was a coming-of-age story about a young man growing up in Tasmania. The Year of Living Dangerously, published in 1978, follows a reporter after the fall of Indonesia’s Sukarno regime in 1965. The main character was loosely based on Koch’s brother Philip, who was a foreign correspondent. The book was adapted into a Hollywood movie with Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver.

“If a book is made into a film, they hang it around your neck forever,” he said last year. “I’ve written other books since, that I think might be better, but people always come back to that one and it’s because it was a film. That’s how much film dominates our culture.”

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