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Soebrata, Raden. Tan Malaka (1894-1949) was an Indonesian patriot and political activist. He was turned into a fictionalized crime-solver, “Raden Soebrata,” by “Matu Mona,” the pseudonym of Indonesian author Hasbullah Parinduri (Patjar Merah). Raden Soebrata appeared in at least eight story serials and novels from 1938 to at least 1940, beginning with the story serial “Patjar Koenig” (Doenia Pengalaman, Madjallah Boelanan Roman Dan Detective Roman, 1938).

Raden Pandiji Soebrata is a Great Detective based on Sherlock Holmes. Soebrata is a private detective located in Java. Soebrata is as skilled at solving crime as he is capable at opposing the colonialist oppressors. One advantage he has over his opponents and rivals is a very powerful radio of his own construction which he uses to gather information that neither criminals nor the colonial government wants him to have. Soebrata is aided by his wife Aida, who helps him on cases. Among Soebrata’s opponents is the vicious Lupin Patjar Koening, who is the personification of evil.

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