Edited By Jan Russell

The Banda
Islands

Anthology of Literature, Art, and Travel

The Banda Islands have long fascinated explorers, anthropologists, writers, photographers, filmmakers, and artists. These ‘islands of spicerie’ have witnessed key moments in history, from the beginnings of global capitalism and colonisation to Indonesia’s journey towards becoming a nation. Today the region is one of the last true marine wildernesses in the world.

EDITED BY JAN RUSSELL

The Banda Islands

Anthology of Literature, Art, and Travel

The Banda Islands have long fascinated explorers, anthropologists, writers, photographers, filmmakers, and artists. These ‘islands of spicerie’ have witnessed key moments in history, from the beginnings of global capitalism and colonisation to Indonesia’s journey towards becoming a nation. Today the region is one of the last true marine wildernesses in the world.

The Banda Islands have long fascinated explorers, anthropologists, writers, photographers, filmmakers, and artists. These ‘islands of spicerie’ have witnessed key moments in history, from the beginnings of global capitalism and colonisation to Indonesia’s journey towards becoming a nation. Today the region is one of the last true marine wildernesses in the world.

The Banda Islands anthology features the words and images of those who have come under the islands’ spell through the centuries, including: Amitav Ghosh, Giles Milton, Elizabeth Pisani, Goenawan Mohamad, Des Alwi, Jean Couteau, Oscar Motuloh, M. Fadli, Tim Severin, John Seabrook, Made Wianta, Hanafi, Lawrence Blair, Michael Vatikiotis, Hanna Rambé, Janet DeNeefe, Beatrice Glow, Jay Subyakto, Phillip Winn, and many more.

Reviews

What They Say

Reactions to the book.

Packed with various perspectives on the islands, including colourful local mythical stories, archaeological information and rich political and social history. Beautifully produced, it’s particularly great for map lovers and it includes a reproduction of the earliest map including the Banda Islands…

Travelfish

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An excellent book…from the chosen content, to layout, to production.

Tim Severin

British Explorer

This is a book to read if you’ve more than a passing interest in Indonesia, and of course it’s essential reading if you’re heading to the Banda Islands themselves.

Travelfish

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