Detail from Annah the Javanese by Paul Gauguin. Writer Mirandi Riwoe gives voice to the French painter’s mistress and muse in a novella in her short story collection The Burnished Sun.
Detail from Annah the Javanese by Paul Gauguin. Writer Mirandi Riwoe gives voice to the French painter’s mistress and muse in a novella in her short story collection The Burnished Sun.

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Decolonising culture: Paul Gauguin’s Javanese ‘mistress’ Annah and ‘Malay girl’ in a W. Somerset Maugham short story given voices in novellas of Mirandi Riwoe

  • Australia-based writer Mirandi Riwoe retells the story of Annah the Javanese, raped as a child and traded to Paul Gauguin, who painted her naked on a chair
  • She gives a name and a voice to the ‘Malay girl’ servant of W Somerset Maugham’s The Four Dutchmen, and a clear-eyed, furious consciousness too

Detail from Annah the Javanese by Paul Gauguin. Writer Mirandi Riwoe gives voice to the French painter’s mistress and muse in a novella in her short story collection The Burnished Sun.
Detail from Annah the Javanese by Paul Gauguin. Writer Mirandi Riwoe gives voice to the French painter’s mistress and muse in a novella in her short story collection The Burnished Sun.
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