“[And the War Is Over] has the dramatic intensity of a kick in the guts. . . . [Marahimin’s] mastery of the universe he’s created is flawless.” The Philadelphia Inquirer
And the War Is Over
978-0-8021-3922-1 • $13.00 • Paperback • Nov. 2002
And the War Is Over is a taut novel set in and around an Indonesian village as news of Japan’s surrender gradually makes its way to her far-flung army. War has transformed the quiet Sumatran village of Teratakbuluh, bringing with it the officious members of the Japanese army, and a camp where Dutch internees, some of whom are plotting escape, are put to hard labor. The Japanese officer Lieutenant Ose struggles with his consciencehow to handle the love he feels for his Javanese servant, and for his wife who has betrayed him for a powerful general, and how to cope with the impending end of a war he never wanted to be involved in. As both the Dutch plan of escape and the news of surrender loom nearer, tensions rise and culminate in a final, heartbreaking act of violence.