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John Company
A novel of the Indies


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Genre:
novel

Year of publication:
1932

Original title:
Jan Compagnie

Original language:
dutch

Translator:
Frans van Rosevelt

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Jan de Brasser is raised in his uncle’s drug store in Amsterdam; his father disappeared without a trace. He sees commercial opportunities everywhere. When he grows up, he signs up as a soldier for a commercial journey to the Far East. He ends up in Indonesia, starts trading, sets up a plantation, and trades some more. He increases his assets to the extent that he is able to return home as a prosperous man after 25 years.
Paints an accurate picture of live in the colonies, where the Dutch East Indian Company tries to enforce its monopoly on trading by hook or by crook. There is continuous struggle against foreign parties (esp. the English and the Portuguese), but also against its own employees and the native population.

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