Tuesday, 24 July 2012


Palembang is the capital city of the South Sumatra province in Indonesia. Palembang is one of the oldest cities in Indonesia, and has a history of being a capital of a maritime empire. Located on the Musi River banks on the east coast of southern Sumatra island.

Lowry refers to in his novel Under The Volcano to describe Hugh's trip to the Far East; "Hugh himself, not knowing whether he voyaged east or west.......set sail for Cathay and the brothels of Palambang (Lowry's spelling)." Pg. 163

There is no evidence that Lowry ever visited Palembang on his 1927 voyage to the Far East.

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