On August 15, 1876, the French poet Arthur Rimbaud disappeared between Semarang and Salatiga in Central Java.
In Tuntang, to be precise. The story of how the brief connection between this small town in Indonesia and the writer of Une Saison en enfer (published in 1873) brought a new history in French poetry has thus far gone virtually unknown.
But indeed, Rimbaud left virtually no traces during his incessantly mobile life. From his rebellious youth in the town of his birth Charleville-Mézières, he ran as a ‘wild beast’...