From Vienna to Yogyakarta: The Life of Herb Feith


Jemma Purdey
(ISBN: 9781 7422 3280 5, UNSW Press, June 2011, 576pp, PB , 234 x 153mm)

From Vienna to Yogyakarta: The Life of Herb FeithHerb Feith came to Australia as a Jewish refugee from war-torn Europe in 1939 and went on to become an internationally renowned and passionate scholar of Indonesia. He died tragically in Melbourne in 2001. This engaging biography tells his own extraordinary story and traces his interest in Indonesia, his determination to establish networks of serious study of Indonesia and Southeast Asia and his commitment to peace activism.

Listen to the interview of Dr Purdey on ABC Radio National ‘Late Night Live program’

Read Book Review by Joan Grant, first published in the July–August 2011 issue of Australian Book Review.