Akhmad Bassah (flourished 1923–1930), known by his pen name Joehana,
was an author from the Dutch East Indies who wrote stories, articles,
and several novels in Sundanese. He worked for a time on the railroad
before becoming an author by 1923. His strong interest in social welfare
is evident in his novels. He has been classified as a realist owing to
his use of the names of actual locations and products in his works, as
well as the predominantly vernacular Sundanese in his novels, but
influences from traditional theatrical forms such as wayang and
literature such as pantun are also evident. Joehana's works cover a wide
range of themes, especially social criticism and modernization. Although
his writings were adapted to the stage and film, they received little
academic attention until the 1960s, and critical consensus since then
has been negative. Two of his works have been republished since the
1960s, and stage productions of his novel Rasiah nu Goreng Patut
continued into the 1980s.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joehana>
Today's selected anniversaries:
Third Mithridatic War: Forces of the Roman Republic captured
the Armenian capital city Tigranakert.
American Revolutionary War: British forces under the command of
General Sir Henry Clinton captured Fort Clinton and Fort Montgomery, and
then dismantled the Hudson River Chain.
Egypt, under the leadership of President Anwar Sadat, launched
Operation Badr in coordination with Syria, crossing the Suez Canal and
attacking the fortified Israeli Bar Lev Line, starting the Yom Kippur
Police constable Keith Blakelock was killed during rioting in
the Broadwater Farm housing estate in Tottenham, London.
Denouncing corruption in the administration of Argentine
President Fernando de la Rúa and in the Senate, Vice President Carlos
Álvarez resigned from his office.
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Wikiquote quote of the day:
Perhaps … I should adopt a more positive outlook and try to make
the best of what remains of my day. After all, what can we ever gain in
forever looking back and blaming ourselves if our lives have not turned
out quite as we might have wished? The hard reality is, surely, that for
the likes of you and I, there is little choice other than to leave our
fate, ultimately, in the hands of those great gentlemen at the hub of
this world who employ our services. What is the point in worrying
oneself too much about what one could or could not have done to control
the course one’s life took? Surely it is enough that the likes of you
and I at least try to make our small contribution count for something
true and worthy. And if some of us are prepared to sacrifice much in
life in order to pursue such aspirations, surely that is in itself,
whatever the outcome, cause for pride and contentment.
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