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Amangkurat’s Aloneness

Tuesday, August 8 2017 00:00 WIB

In March 2016, essayist Goenawan Mohamad wrote a terse piece about Amangkurat, sultan of the 17th century Javanese kingdom of Mataram, and reflected on his greed and power-madness. In the essay, Goenawan explored with fascination the naked brutality of Amangkurat, his suspicious naturehe had his court surrounded with high walls, a fortress, a moat, and walled up rivers. He had even started to create a sea from his subjects' paddyfields, to keep him safe on an island of his own makingand his utter aloneness.

Amangkurat’s Aloneness
As his end approaches, in face of defeat, Amangkurat’s past rises up and meets him. The 90 minute drama in 14 acts is enacted on a dark stage. There, Amangkurat is Everyman.

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  • In March 2016, essayist Goenawan Mohamad wrote a terse piece about Amangkurat, sultan of the 17th century Javanese kingdom of Mataram, and reflected on his greed and power-madness. In the essay, Goenawan explored with fascination the naked brutality of Amangkurat, his suspicious naturehe had his court surrounded with high walls, a fortress, a moat, and walled up rivers. He had even started to create a sea from his subjects' paddyfields, to keep h

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