Eduard Douwes Dekker

[Multatuli] (1820_1887 / Amsterdam)

Eduard Douwes Dekker
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Eduard Douwes Dekker (2 March 1820 – 19 February 1887), better known by his pen name Multatuli (from Latin multa tuli, "I have carried much"), was a Dutch writer famous for his satirical novel, Max Havelaar (1860), which denounced the abuses of colonialism in the Dutch East Indies (today's Indonesia).

Dekker was born in Amsterdam. His father, a ship's captain, intended his son for trade, but this humdrum prospect disgusted him, and in 1838 he went out to Java and obtained a post as a civil servant. He moved from one posting to another, until, in 1851, he became assistant-resident at Ambon, in the Moluccas. In 1857 he was transferred to Lebak, in the Bantam residency of ... more »

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  • ''Seen from the moon we are all the same size.''
    Multatuli [Eduard Douwer Dekker] (1820-1887), Dutch writer, civil servant. "Idee 155," The Oyster and the Eagle: Selected Aphorisms and Parables of Mu...
  • ''Immortality without eternity is a rope with only one end.''
    Multatuli [Eduard Douwer Dekker] (1820-1887), Dutch writer, civil servant. "Idee 157," The Oyster and the Eagle: Selected Aphorisms and Parables of Mu...
  • ''There is nothing more poetic than the truth. He who does not see poetry in it will always be a poor versifier outside of it.''
    Multatuli [Eduard Douwer Dekker] (1820-1887), Dutch writer, civil servant. "Idee 263," The Oyster and the Eagle: Selected Aphorisms and Parables of Mu...
  • ''Two left-handed gloves don't make a pair. Two half-truths don't make a truth.''
    Multatuli [Eduard Douwer Dekker] (1820-1887), Dutch writer, civil servant. "Idee 2," The Oyster and the Eagle: Selected Aphorisms and Parables of Mult...
  • ''Principles are things which one calls upon to avoid something unpleasant.''
    Multatuli [Eduard Douwer Dekker] (1820-1887), Dutch writer, civil servant. "Idee 303," The Oyster and the Eagle: Selected Aphorisms and Parables of Mu...
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