In a travel note published by Editions des Equateurs on May 26, Bruno Philip, a journalist from the Southeast Asia World, invites you to explore this country with thousands of islands. We provide excerpts.
Good leaves. [Dans son livre L’Archipel des ombres, récit de voyage publié mercredi 26 mai aux Editions des Equateurs, Bruno Philip, correspondant du Monde en Asie du Sud-Est, entraîne le lecteur à travers ce pays fascinant. L’un des extraits que nous publions évoque l’urbanisation à marche forcée de la capitale, Djakarta, où les politiciens s’appuient sur les mafieux pour détruire les bidonvilles. L’autre extrait relate sa rencontre, dans les Moluques, avec le mélancolique sultan de Ternate.]
I met the sailor Henda in the ruins of a destroyed community. The bulldozer was destroyed a few months ago. Henda was two-thirds of sailors before becoming the third ban. In my opinion, he was a man with a smooth head and a huge torso.
The sagging chest and round abdomen did not take long to deny the sense of power that the individual exudes at first glance. The tattooed anchor on his right arm evokes adventure: the rough sea, the memories of Castagne in the forgotten port, the scars of the night stabbing.
But Hengda is a poor guy, and if there is one, his future will be earlier. In his genre, men exude a certain romanticism: he reluctantly embodies one of those celestial wanderers who are full of impetuous adventurers’ imagination. I must admit that I am not always insensitive to this.
Although the time in Sunda Kelapa is very early, the temperature has reached the highest level. Sunda Kelapa is located in the old port of Badavia, known as Jakarta during the colonial period.