Richard Lloyd Parry In the Time of Madness

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In the Time of Madness

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In 1965 and '66, madness seized Indonesia. Half a million people were killed as the old president, Sukarno, lost power to a new one, Suharto. Thirty years later Suharto began to lose his grip. In this remarkable book, Richard Lloyd Parry, a young British journalist, takes us right into the centre of the maelstrom that tore Indonesia apart. The violence began in Borneo, Dayaks against Madurese, and spread to Sumatra and East Timor. The Dayaks believe in magic, in cutting off and collecting the heads of their enemies, and in eating their hearts. (They also love English football: Man U and Spurs.) In Sumatra Lloyd Parry watches students demonstrating against Suharto and being shot down by the police. Jakarta is set alight and looters are everywhere. 1200 people are killed in Jakarta alone. Suharto eventually resigned in May 1998, but the violence continued. When Lloyd Parry returned in the spring of 1999 there was fighting all over Indonesia, Muslims against Christians, East Timorese against Indonesian militias. In the jungle, Lloyd Parry finds the Falantil guerillas who are fighting for independence, and he is there when the militias' violence escalates to massacre. His account has an extraordinary immediacy. You can smell the smoke, the blood, the fear.

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Richard Lloyd Parry is Asia Editor of the Times. He was born in 1969 and educated at Oxford. He has been visiting Asia for eighteen years and since 1995 has lived in Tokyo as a foreign correspondent, first for the Independent and now for the Times. He has reported from twenty-one countries and several wars, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Indonesia, East Timor, North Korea, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, Kosovo and Macedonia. His work has also appeared in the London Review of Books and the New York Times Magazine.

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"A fine book, the best I've read on the implosion of human decency that took place in Indonesia...Lloyd Parry was there for all the great stories. He writes sensitively and well...A great hit...Bold and beautifully written" * Literary Review * "One of the most incisive portraits of moral failure by the so-called 'international community'... In its refreshing modesty of tone and subtlety of message, it beats the more epic accounts of "heroic" journalists such as John Simpson hands down" * The Times * "Combining sassy reportage with a quiet commentary on his own emotions, he draws indelible portraits of countries where events have revealed how fine a line exists between civilisation and barbarity" * Glasgow Herald * "Written in the best tradition of journalist's dispatch from a strange land...Lloyd Parry does a worthy job navigating the complexity of Indonesian politics and history" * Financial Times * "Mr Lloyd Parry's volume fills a void...Harrowing...Well-written" * The Economist *

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