Drama dari Krakatau
Drama dari Krakatau (Drama of Krakatoa) is a 1929 novel by Kwee Tek Hoay. It is one of the first Malay novels to be published in English. Thematic analyses have focused on the depiction of indigenous cultures. The novel has also been adapted for the stage.
About Drama dari Krakatau in brief
Drama dari Krakatau (Drama of Krakatoa) is a 1929 novel by Kwee Tek Hoay. It was written over a period of two months after the author was asked to prepare a’sensational’ story for a film. The book is not considered part of the Indonesian literary canon. Thematic analyses have focused on the depiction of indigenous cultures, as well as geography and nationalism. The novel has also been adapted for the stage. It is one of the first Malay novels to be published in English. The story centres on two families in 1920s Batam that are unknowingly tied together by siblings who were separated in 1883. Ultimately these families are reunited by the wedding of their children, after which the priest sacrifices himself to calm a stirring Krakatosa. The priest returns home to find that his wife and daughter have gone – seemingly willingly – with the men from Palembang, while Moelia takes a steamboat and chases the kidnappers. Before the mountain erupts again, Moelia has enough time to rescue the fleeing women before the eruptions, killing the fugitives, and the older man revealed to be the man of the older home and the father of the younger girl. The brother becomes a political figure, while the sister marries a Baduy priest-king.
He learns that she must marry a man of equal standing to her father, one who is “no less than the Sultan of Yogyakarta or the Sunan of Solo”. Moelia realises that Noesa Brama must be the last male descendant of the Hindu kings of Pajajaran, and that both Retna Sari and her mother bear a striking resemblance to his own grandmother. Moelia falls in love with the priest’s daughter, but he is unable to forget her. The village of Waringin is wiped out in the resulting tsunami, and Soerijati is lost after she falls out of the carriage she is in; Hasan, however, arrives safely in Rangkas Gombong. In the meantime, the volcano grows increasingly violent and Tjakra Amidjaja and Sadidjah stay behind to manage the evacuation. The following week, the men lie to the police, leading to No Mesa Brama’s arrest for planning a rebellion. The men then persuade the women to follow them to Sumatra, where they are killed by the volcano. Forty-four years later, the book is published as a serial in the magazine Panorama, first published between 7 April and 22 December 1928.