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A Tale from Bali

A Tale from Bali

Author(s): Vicky Baum

Location(s): Bali

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Late 19th century



This book is recommended as a way of getting to know a little about the history and culture of Bali. Not only does it succeed in this, but it also proved a heart-warming and hugely readable story of one man’s day to day struggles against a backdrop of profound change.
The novel is a loose retelling of the chain of events leading up to the Dutch suppression of Bali towards the end of the 19th century. At the time of the story, most of the feudal lords, or ‘radjas’, have already signed treaties with the Dutch and are effectively under their control. Only a few remain independent, preserving their traditions and refusing to bow to western imperialism.

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Village life is described in precise detail by the author, as are all the customs and rites. She’s really captures the essence of the Balinese way of doing things, their sense of ethics and morality.

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Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 6th November 2021