You may have heard me talk about the seminal impact Koch had on me, not for his literary fulsomeness, but because with his Miles Franklin winning The Doubleman, it was the first time I had read my town in fiction. Changed a lot in terms of me valuing this town differently. This novel is set in Jakarta in 1965 at the beginning of Indonesia's most turbulent time of the twentieth century, where Sukarno was overthrown by Suharto, who ruled, dictator-like until the late 1990s. This is loosely based on Koch's time in Indonesia as a foreign correspondent. It was later made into a film, which is arguably more remembered than the novel.
1987 paperback (first published 1978)
Grafton, an imprint of Harper Collins