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Character (novel)

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Title page of Karakter (1938 ed.)

Character (original Dutch title Karakter) is a novel by Dutch author Ferdinand Bordewijk published in 1938. Subtitled "Een roman van zoon en vader", "a novel of son and father", it is a Bildungsroman[1] that traces the relationship between a stern father and his son. Character is Bordewijk's best-known novel, and the basis for a 1997 film of the same name.


  1. ^ Maier, Henk M. J. (2004). "Escape from the Green and Gloss of Java: Hella S. Haasse and Indies Literature". Indonesia (journal). 77 (77): 79–107. JSTOR 3351420.