by Richard Lloyd Parry - £10.99 Vintage (2006)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780099481454 | ISBN 10: 0099481456
In the last years of the twentieth century, Richard Lloyd Parry found himself in the vast island nation of Indonesia, one of the most alluring, mysterious and violent countries in the world. For thirty-two years it had been paralysed by the grip of the dictator and mystic General Suharto. But not the age of Suharto was reaching its end, giving way to a new era of chaos and superstition - the 'time of madness' predicted centuries before by poets and seers.
On the island of Borneo, tribesmen embarked on a savage war of head-hunting and cannibalism. Vast jungles burned uncontrollably; money lost its value; there were plane crashes and volcanic eruptions. After the tumultuous fall of Suharto came the vote of independence from Indonesia for the tiny occupied country of East Timor. And it was here, trapped in the beseiged compound of the United Nations, that Lloyd Parry reached his own painful, personal crisis.
"One of the most incisive portraits of moral failure by the so-called "international community" which this author has had occasion to read... It beats the more epic accounts of "heroic" journalists such as John Simpson hands down."
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