Mirah of Banda: Novel

Paperback: $18.00
ISBN-13: 9789798083785
Published: December 2010

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204 pages
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  • About the Book
  • Kidnapped from Java, five year-old Mirah is taken to the Banda islands. Mirah of Banda reads like a personal account: from her life in a nutmeg plantation during the Dutch colonial era, the Japanese occupation, and the Indonesian revolution era. Mirah’s story is told to an Australian who visits the family Mirah works for as a cook and her myriad experiences include her life as a contracted nutmeg picker and the plantation owner’s concubine. The fate of her daughter Lili, when she is taken away to become a “comfort woman” for Japanese soldiers, is even more heartbreaking.

  • About the Author(s)
    • Hanna Rambe, Author

      Hanna Rambe spent most of her adult life working as a journalist and an English teacher. Of the eight novels and memoirs she has published so far, nearly all include aspects and details of little-known Indonesian history. She is currently working on a three-volume history of eastern Indonesia in the 17th century.
    • Toni Pollard, Translator