Newspaper article inspires war novel
Within weeks of Japan’s surrender in August 1945, British and Japanese troops were fighting side-by-side against Indonesian revolutionaries. Over 80,000 internees, mainly European women and children became hostages in a clash between Asian self-determination and white colonial power.
Hundreds of British, Indian, Gurkha and Japanese servicemen and thousands of internees died in this, the first of the “savage wars of peace.”
Inspired by an article in the Daily Telegraph newspaper, “Black Sun, Red Moon” is an ambitious interpretation of the remarkable and tragic events in Java in 1945-46. The factual basis of Rory Marron’s story is astonishing, even explosive. His great achievement is the weaving of historical and cultural detail in an enthralling adventure of revolution, forced prostitution, betrayal and murder.
“An ambitious, unconventional, mesmerising, ultimately compelling saga of men at war, prisoners, forced prostitution, political dirty tricks and mob terror in Japanese-occupied and revolutionary Indonesia. Marron gives us an almost tangible glimpse of the mayhem that was Java in 1945. His writing, infused with imaginative speculation, is sweeping, poignant, passionate and unflinching,” says Publishers Catalogue.