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  • Birgit, what a remarkable and loving book you wrote about the history of your father... And how both his loneliness and his resilience have become palpable. As a theater producer, I experience every day that each person carries a precious story of their own that is worth hearing and seeing. Your story not only 'frees' your dad's history but also 'liberates' so empathically and inexorably a dark side of the complex Dutch East Indies' past and politics. Your book shines a bright light on it for us to learn and heal.


    Inez Derksen

  • I was moved to tears while reading this book. I finished it in a day and a half because Birgit Treipl wrote this book in a very visual way. As if you see yourself being in the Dutch East Indies. A must-read. Wow!


    Roos

  • A very personal, romanticized story about loneliness and abandonment, which gets an extra dimension through a well-kept family secret.


    NRC Handelsblad (Dutch national newspaper)

  • A family chronicle that reads like a thriller!


    Ineke

  • A gripping story about loneliness and a family secret. You also learn more about the Dutch East Indies during wartime.


    Ingrid Davelaar, Bookstore Van de Ven, Soest

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