This is an impressionistic account of Christine Jordis' journeys to the Indonesian islands of Bali and Java. Jordis describes famous monuments, native dances, and encounters with locals. She conjures up literary and artistic figures who sought refuge in Indonesia and brings ancient legends to life.
"Very few books succeed in plunging us into the heart of a civilisation, in enlightening us on the history of a people... Christine Jordis' book is one of these books" Daniel Arsand, Le Monde; "She invites us to follow her without ever making us feel estranged from her explorations. To travel, she demonstrates to us, is to conquer - and to conquer oneself in particular" Joel Schmidt, Reforme
Christine Jordis, for 12 years responsible for English Literature at the British Council, is now in charge of the English novel at Gallimard. Gens de la Tamise, a panoramic study of the 20th century British novel, was awarded the Medici Prize in 1999.