Dermoût, Maria

Dermoût, Maria

▪ Dutch author
in full  Helena Antonia Maria Elisabeth Dermoût-ingermann  
born June 15, 1888, Pekalongan, Java, Dutch East Indies [now in Indonesia]
died June 27, 1962, Noordwijk, Neth.

      Dutch novelist and short-story writer known for her subtle and evocative portraits of colonial life in the Dutch East Indies.

      Dermoût, who was the descendant of employees of the Dutch East Indies Company, spent her childhood on a sugar plantation in central Java. She attended school in The Netherlands but returned to the islands as a young wife and remained there most of her life.

      Her work was not published until she was in her 60s. Her first two novels, Nog pas gisteren (1951; Yesterday) and De tienduizend dingen (1955; The Ten Thousand Things), are fictionalized accounts of her youth. Although written in an economic style, the two novels are rich in details of island life as experienced by both the colonials and the native people. Among Dermoût's other books are three volumes of short stories—De juwelen haarkam (1956; “The Jeweled Haircomb”), De sirenen (1963; “The Sirens”), and De kist; en enige verhalen (1958; “The Wooden Box: A Unique Account”)—and a book of sketches, Spel van Tifagongs (1954; “Tifagong's Play”). Her work is critically acclaimed not only for its clarity but for its sensitive account of colonialism coexisting with a lush, primitive beauty and power.

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