In this vivid dissection of social and political life in Jakarta at the beginning of the 1960s, Mochtar Lubis reveals the dark currents of poverty, corruption and vice which course beneath the surface of one of the great cities of the Third World. Although set in Indonesia, the tale that unfolds has universal application as it describes the the forces that determine the lives of the rich and poor, politicians and criminals, intellectuals and simple rural immigrants alike as they struggle for survival. Translated by Claire Holt Twilight in Djakarta is the first Indonesian novel to be translated into English.

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