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Pramoedya Ananta Toer, born on the island of Java in 1925, was imprisoned first by the Dutch, then by the Indonesian government as a political prisoner. He received the PEN Freedom to Write Award and the Ramon Magsaysay Award.
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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (September 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143037021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143037026
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,070,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Ross HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
Originally published in 1951, and then appearing in English translation in 1973, this slim Indonesian novella seems a rather unlikely candidate for paperback reissue some 55 years later. The story, what little there is of it, is very elemental -- the eldest son in a family travels from the big city (Djakarta) back to his home village to sit by his father's deathbed. And while there are bits and pieces of ethnographic detail for those interested in such matters, the book's main concern is the son's attempt to find some meaning in his schoolteacher father's life, and thus derive some meaning to his own life. There's a lot of sighing and weeping about the troubles of war (the Japanese occupied Indonesia from 1942-45) and colonial rule (following the Japanese expulsion, it took another four years before the Dutch relinquished control of the country) -- which contributed to the father's current illness and the son's lengthy stint as a political prisoner.

Toer wrote this when he was around 25, and one gets the sense that it's very much autobiographical (he was imprisoned by the Dutch for anti-colonial views). In the end, it's hard to know what to make of the novella, which runs to about 70 pages once you account for the blank pages. It's a familiar existential crisis, albeit enacted in a setting far removed from our own -- but one that left me relatively unmoved. Although readers may be tempted (as I was) by its brevity, the book probably isn't the best introduction to Toer's work. Readers interested in this major figure of world literature may be more engaged by his WWII novel The Fugitive, or may wish to dip into his short story collection All That is Gone.
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By Nikki H Harmon on March 12, 2013
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If you've never read any Indonesian writers, Pramoedya Ananta Toer is the one to read. I would also suggest the Buru Quartet.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Lingo on January 3, 2007
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This is a wierd story, but very affecting. I loved reading it and hope you will too.
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