Actually, an autobiography
The key point of the whole story, however, is that Multatuli -
the name of the Dutch author - was a pseudonym of a man called
Eduard Douwes Dekker, who actually describes his own career
colonial civil servant in the figure of Max Havelaar.
Towards the end of the book, the author pens a passionate
condemnation of an autocratic, incompetent colonial
cannot in actual fact be controlled from the home country.