— by Richard M. Cho: Published a century ago, in 1920, Joseph Conrad’s novel The Rescue begins by describing the geography of the Southeast Asian country Malaysia: “The shallow sea that foams and murmurs on the shores of the thousand islands, big and little, which make up the Malay Archipelago has been for centuries the scene of adventurous undertakings.” […]

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