The Hidden Force
A new translation of this classic novel by one of the most renowned authors in Dutch literature.
Set in Java at the height of Dutch colonial rule in the East Indies, Couperus's evocative and sensual narrative depicts the clash between Western rationalism, represented by the district commissioner Otto van Oudijck, and ancient indigenous mystical traditions upheld by the local native prince, Sunario. The behaviour of Van Oudijck's promiscuous wife Léonie proves to be his Achilles heel, and his seemingly impregnable authority disintegrates.
Translated by Paul Vincent
Cover illustration by The British Museum
Published 27 September 2012