Under the Volcano is dramatic history written by a master storyteller. Travellers come to Bali looking for paradise. Nehru called it “the morning of the world”. Yet this small island has seen much bloodshed — from the ritual suicides of Balinese warriors fighting the Dutch, to the massacres of 1965–66 and the bombings of 2002 and 2005.
In Under the Volcano, Cameron Forbes looks at the blood and beauty of Bali through interviews, legends, reporting and history. He tells the stories of explorers, colonisers, surfers, artists, jihadists and drug-runners and above all of the Balinese themselves. In doing so he brings the island paradise into vibrant and disturbing focus.
Cameron Forbes is the author of Under the Volcano (2007) and Hellfire: The Story of Australia, Japan and the Prisoners of War (2005) and one of Australia’s most respected foreign correspondents.