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East Timor a Nation 039 s Bitter Dawn Second Edition

East Timor a Nation 039 s Bitter Dawn Second Edition

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Published by: Daniel De Lucca on Feb 06, 2013
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Praise or this book 
‘Irena Cristalis’s eyewitness account of East Timor’sstruggle for independence and justice combines a thoroughunderstanding of the country with a deep commitment toits people.’ John G. Taylor, author of 
 East Timor: The Price of  Freedom
‘The author’s knowledge, understanding and love of thecountry shine from every page. This will surely become thedenitive account of East Timor’s most traumatic years.’Fergal Keane, BBC special correspondent and author of 
 Season of Blood 
‘A highly readable book full of drama and tenderness for the victims of those terrible events.’
 Jakarta Post 
‘If there is another journalist who knows as much about East Timor as Irena Cristalis, I haven’t met them.
 Bitter Dawn
isinformative, vividly written, and acutely observed.’ JonathanMirsky, ex-East Asia editor,
The Times
‘Irena Cristalis’s account stands out as a literary gem. A taleof courage and humanity on a colossal scale – a truly riveting book.’ Peter Carey, Trinity College, Oxford‘Irena Cristalis writes as a committed witness. Her portraitsof many of the individuals, high and low, who steered thestruggle to its nal victory give her account a special feeling of immediacy and warmth.’ Carmel Budiardjo, author of 
 Surviving Indonesia’s Gulag 
‘This is the book to read. Possibly the best account of thetragic events that preceded and followed in the wake of theballot on August 30, 1999. ... A highly readable book fullof drama and tenderness for the victims of those terribleevents [and] studded with beautifully crafted portraits of individuals trying to adjust to the situation.’ TAPOL, theIndonesia Human Rights Campaign
 
 About the author
Irena Cristalis, who also writes and broadcastsunder the byline Irene Slegt, is a Dutch investigative journalist and photographer, who since 1990 has beenbased in Asia, including at various times Hong Kong,Beijing, Bangkok, and New Delhi. She speaks three Asian languages – Chinese, Indonesian and Tetum, theindigenous language of the East Timorese – and hasreported on wars, conicts and independence strugglesfrom Kashmir to East Timor. Her photos and reportshave been used by newspapers, magazines and radiostations around the world, including the
Guardian
, the
 Independent 
, the
 Far Eastern Economic Review
, the
 NewYork Times
,
The Economist 
and the BBC. Her second book on East Timor,
 Independent Women: The story of women’sactivism in East Timor 
, co-written with Catherine Scott, was published in 2005.She rst visited East Timor in 1994 and lived therefrom 1998 till 2000, during which time she had long talks with independence leader Xanana in prison and spent time with Falintil guerrillas in East Timor’s mountains.She was one of three Western journalists to stay on inthe besieged UN compound during the ransacking of Dili by militias and the Indonesian security forces at the time of their impending departure from the islandin September 1999. She has kept going back to East Timor at every important juncture in its recent history,including the crisis in 2006. She was an election observerat the constituent assembly elections and at the rst parliamentary elections in 2007. Since 2007 she has beenliving in London with her husband and young son.

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