Met stille trom; Een journaal
ISBN 978 90 214 4212 9
Amsterdam, Em. Querido’s Pub., 235 p.
“In 1962 Dutch rule came to an end on New Guinea, tropical island in the Pacific. This novel describes the last convulsions of our colonialism...”. With these words 'Met stille trom' (Leaving quietly) this book was introduced in 1963. Springer wrote the book after his return from New Guinea, where he had served a four year term as a government official. Just before publication he withdrew the manuscript, because on second thought it lacked the drama of the indigenous Papuan people. In the year of his death Springer rewrote the manuscript and added a foreword. Nevertheless this book is published now, be it posthumously.