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Accounts of Richard Wright’s Indonesian travels have relied almost exclusively on European-language sources, English in particular. This privileging of English has distorted and virtually erased scholarly access to Indonesian views of Wright’s travels. Virtually none of the Indonesian-language sources included in this book has figured in the extensive body of scholarship surrounding Wright’s own English-language account of the Bandung Conference, The Color Curtain. Translating and publishing these texts in English means adopting the medium of a historically contingent lingua franca to provide a broad spectrum of readers with access to a mid-twentieth-century Asian-African postcolonial modernity that forms part of...

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