In 1629, the ship Batavia, pride of the Dutch East India Company, was wrecked on the edge of a coral archipelago, some fifty miles from the western coast of the Australian continent. Most of the nearly three hundred men, women and children on board escaped from drowning only to become victims of a psychopath who, with the help of a dozen followers, organized a methodical massacre of this hapless community. Acclaimed sinologist and author Simon Leys traveled to the site of the disaster and learned that, paradoxically, the natural environment of these islands could have afforded the survivors fairly decent living conditions; the massacre therefore appears all the more aberrant. In fact, in its gratuitous absurdity, it seems to present a microcosm of the totalitarian atrocities that are perpetrated by various ideologies seeking to establish Paradise on earth. Leys' elegiac essay, Prosper, is also included in this volume. In this deeply personal piece, Leys recalls a summer when he joined the crew of a tuna-fishing boat from Brittany, one of the last boats still working under sail. This remarkable narrative preserves Leys' memories of his sailing companions and pays tribute to their unique world-a world that no longer exists.
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Book Description 2005. (Melbourne, Black Inc., 2005). Boards, spine ends shelf-worn else v.g. in d/w, maps, colour illust., pp. xii, 113. ISBN 1 86395 150 4. As well as an essay on the Batavia shipwreck and its aftermath, this edition includes PROSPER, a personal piece concerning a summer spent by the author on a tuna-fishing boat in Brittany. Bookseller Inventory # 88908
Book Description Black Inc, Melbourne 2005, 2005. 19.5 x 13.0cms114pp fine hardback & dustwrapper Leys uses the scandal of the Batavia's wreck and massacre to contemplate the nature of totalitarianism and visionary ideologues. In addition, the Prosper essay recalls his experiences on a tuna-fishing boat from Brittany. Bookseller Inventory # 152072
Book Description Melbourne, Vic. Black Inc 2005, 2005. Small 8vo hardcover 113pp index, b/w map, colour illus. very good+ / very good+ d/w. Bookseller Inventory # 38350
Book Description Schwartz Publishing Pty, Limited, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 2005. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Appears unread, sl. edgewear to spine ends, d/w flap with small crease. Bookseller Inventory # 021024
Book Description Black Inc., Victoria, Australia, 2005. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 110 pages. Grey-cloth cover, minor edge-wear. Illustrated, unclipped jacket, very minor edge-wear, crease to front inside flap. Pages clean, straight & unmarked. Tight binding. "In 1629, the ship 'Batavia', pride of the Dutch East India Company, was wrecked on the edge of a coral archipelago, some fifty miles from the Australian continent. Most of the people on board survived the wreck, only to become victims of a visionary psychopath who, with the help of a dozen followers, organised a methodical massacre of this hapless community. In its time, the tragedy of the 'Batavia' seized the European imagination even more than the sinking of the 'Titanic' did in the 20th century. The discovery of the wreck some forty years ago revived interest in this sinister episode, and archeological investigations continue to this day." 20 Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Second Hand. Bookseller Inventory # 000957
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