Book launch of Exotisch Liefde by Thomas Roosenboom

IIAS Outreach in cooperation with Uitgeverij Athenaeum and Spui 25 present the launch of Exotisch Liefde by Thomas Roosenboom, a rendition of Reize in eenen Palanquin (1808) by Jacob Haafner. 

Dr. Erica van Boven (Groningen University) ' Onverkort Haafner'
Prof. dr. Olf Praamstra (Leiden University) 'Haafner Literair'
Thomas Roosenboom reads from Exotische Liefde

Dr. Paul van der Velde (International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden/Amsterdam)

Register at: www.spui25.nl

Entrance: free

Jacob Haafner (1754-1809) lived for 20 years in South-Africa, India and Sri Lanka. He wrote five travel stories about his stay in those countries. His direct way of writing and his adventurous life made him one of the most popular authors of the beginning of the nineteenth century in The Netehrlands and beyond. Haafner detested western colonialism and upon his return in the Holland he wrote the first global treatise against colonialism. His works were translated into English, German, French, Swedisch and Danish. In 2008 his biography was published Wie Onder palmen leeft. De sublieme wereld van Jacob Haafner (Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Bert Bakker). An English translation will appear in 2012.