Rainforest Hero – The Life And Death Of Bruno Manser

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最近在讀這本書,很難想像身邊還有很多人不知道Bruno Manser,尤其是那些在關心砂拉越州選的人。該州六大木商集團左右著該州的政經,甚至全馬主要的華文報章。

Bruno只想要尋回自己,找尋一個沒有金錢約束的自由,卻意外地因幫忙本南族朋友發聲,而成為政客和木商們的頭號敵人。

雖然無法改變生產端,他和瑞士的朋友們卻在沒有網路的時代,引起國際注意,讓歐美等木材消費國限制使用熱帶木材。

然而在亞洲,日本、台灣、南韓等我們眼中的“環保國”,卻只保護自己的森林,而成了這場被譽為“20世紀最大環境罪行”的幫兇。

感恩德文版面世十年後,可以一探究竟。希望英語版的出版可以帶動中文版、日文版,甚至馬來文版的譯作,讓當地國民思考,所使用的建築材料與家具背後的代價。

六年前,我從網上拼拼湊湊,整理成少數關於他的中文傳記,這次細讀他的人生,感受到他甘地式的眼鏡底下,原來崇尚著老子的思想。


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Rainforest Hero – The Life And Death Of Bruno Manser
Author: Ruedi Suter
Publisher: Strategic Information and Research Development Centre, non-fiction

The book starts out with the search for clues about Swiss activist Bruno Manser’s disappearance in the ancient jungles of Sarawak.

The author of the book, Swiss journalist Ruedi Suter, and Manser’s brother Erich embarked on an expedition to look for Bruno; they arrive at the spot where he is last seen by his indigenous companions Nari and his son at about 2pm on May 25, 2000.

After that, Bruno is said to have continued to journey to what is apparently Batu Lawi and he subsequently disappeared.

Initially, the book appears as though it is going to provide some clues to Bruno’s disappearance.

It does create a bit of a puzzle there on whether the book is about the search for him or about his life, as the book title suggests.

But by the second chapter, Bruno’s life begins to unfold in the 330-page book.

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Read full text: http://www.star2.com/culture/books/book-reviews/2016/04/27/review-rainforest-hero-the-life-and-death-of-bruno-manser/

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