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Multatuli is the pseudonym of Dutch author Eduard Douwes Dekker. Born in 1830 in Amsterdam, he is best known for Max Havelaar, a partly autobiographical novel that he penned after 18 years of civil service in the Dutch East Indies, where he witnessed the harsh mistreatment of the natives by the Dutch rulers. His writing inspired subsequent emancipatory movements across the Netherlands before he retired and moved to Germany, where he died in 1887.
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