dutch illustrator

The Princess of the Mushroom Kingdom herself!! Took a few liberties, of course!!! Probably about to be kidnapped aaaany second now…. ^^

Completely off topic, but since I looked at it so much the past couple days, I came to the realization…. the girl in the original painting totally reminds me of Brienne of Tarth from Game of Thrones. Yeah?! Yeah.

Based on Vermeer’s ‘Girl With a Pearl Earring’ (1665)

I first read This Earth of Mankind by the Indonesian author Pramoedya Ananta Toer as a sophomore in college. Prior to that I had only read his political tract The Chinese in Indonesia when I was in high school after my father had pressed the book into my hands, so I did not know he had also written fiction.

This remains one of my favorite works of fiction and was instrumental in gaining a better understanding of my own family’s colonial heritage, the trappings of the colonial system, and how these systems of oppression found their expression in the toxic race relations of that particular period in history but that also play an important part in defining race relations in the modern era.

The inheritance of the colonial period reverberates in our time still, and so the book remains as important as ever.