The Year of Living Dangerously by Christopher J. Koch

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The charismatic god-king Sukarno has brought Indonesia to the edge of chaos - to an abortive revolution that will leave half a million dead. For the Western correspondents here, this gathering apocalypse is their story and their drug, while the sufferings of the Indonesian people are scarcely real: a shadow play. Working in the eye of the storm are television correspondent Guy Hamilton and his eccentric dwarf cameraman Billy Kwan. In Kwan's secret fantasy life, both Sukarno and Hamilton are heroes. But his heroes betray him, and Billy is driven to desperate action. As the Indonesian shadow play erupts into terrible reality, a complex personal tragedy of love, obsession and betrayal comes to its climax.

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Christopher Koch was born in Hobart, Australia on July 16, 1932. He graduated with honors from the University of Tasmania with degrees in English and philosophy. Before becoming a full-time author, he worked as a radio producer for the Australian Broadcasting Service in Sydney. His first novel, The Boys in the Island, was published in 1958. The Year of Living Dangerously was made into a movie in 1982. The Doubleman and Highways to a War won the Miles Franklin Award. He died of cancer on September 23, 2013 at the age of 81.
Published January 1, 1978 by Grafton Books. 296 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Parenting & Relationships, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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Indonesia's ""year of living dangerously"" was 1965—when Jakarta was in an uproar as Sukarno, incensed over Malaysian independence, threatened to withdraw from the UN and align himself with Peking.

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