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Where are you going?

Nevada County resident Tony Bosch was born in Holland and acquired his American citizenship in 1960.

His book “Pigi Mana” which is Malayan for “Where are you going?” deals with his World War II experiences in Holland and pre-war Indonesia. Although it is entirely nonfiction, he prefers to call his work a novel.

It is a real-life story about a sometimes irresponsible young man who is full of ideals and trying to realize them. Amid a romantic conflict, and while war threatens in Europe, his company sends him on a ship to Java to work as a shipping agent.

He eventually marries his fiancee and spends three happy years in his new country. But invading Japanese take him to a prison camp.

After three and a half years of suffering starvation and torture in several camps, he finds himself in a state of total bewilderment on a troop ship going back to his homeland. As this magnificent country slowly disappears at the horizon, he asks himself, where am I going?

Bosch wrote “Pigi Mana” under his birth name, Antonius Sontag. It is available at the Book Seller in Grass Valley, and Mountain House Books and SPD Market in Nevada City.

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