To cite this article: Aveling, H. 2016. Book review: Krakatau: The tale of Lampung Submerged, Syair Lampung Karam. International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies 12 (2): 105–113, DOI: 10.21315/ijaps2016.12.2.5
There are over a thousand European studies of the world famous explosion of Krakatau (or Krakatoa) in August 1883, mainly of a geological nature. The book under review presents a contemporary firsthand account by an Indonesian/Malay author of the effects of the event on the local inhabitants of South Sumatra and Northwestern Java. It is written in the verse form known as syair. This review briefly describes the events of 1883, outlines the complex threads that have contributed to the making of this book, and provides a few comments on the contents of the syair and its translation.