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Pramoedya Ananta Toer is Indonesia’s best known novelist and arguably its most acerbic social critic. Nominated several times for the Nobel Prize for Literature and regarded as a kind of Indonesian version of Alexander Solzhenitsyn, he pramoerya much of life in jail, including 14 years under Suharto. Under Suharto his books were banned and his personal library and archives were destroyed by government thugs.

Pramoedya was born on February 6, and died on April 30, Pramoedya is the author of 34 books which have been translated into 37 languages. Pramoedya wrote in the tradition of Zola and Steinbeck. He translated John Steinbeck and a like him has a plain but elegant and powerful style.

His books were banned in Indonesia for three decades pramoedyz Suharto but are now freely available. He told the International Herald Tribune, “I live for writing, but my books are circumcisioh. That means that my life has been confiscated. Niniek Karmini of Associated Press wrote: Pramoedya was jailed by Suharto for his perceived links with communism.

Niniek Karmini, Associated Press, May 1, ]. But he reserved his harshest judgment for Suharto, blamed for the death and imprisonment of hundreds of thousands of Indonesians during circumcjsion 32 year reign. Yet it wasn’t until 40 years later that his work began to appear in English circumcsiion the U. Toer, whose family’s first language was Javanese, was one of the first major authors to write in Indonesian.

Even today, only seven of the 30 books he has written have been released in the U. Ybarra, Los Angeles Times, July 18, ]. The son of a strongly nationalist school teacher and farmer, Pramoedya was born inin Blora, a small, barren town in central Java, Pramoedya was arrested in by Dutch authorities for being “anti-colonial” and was imprisoned for two years. He was arrested again, this time by the Indonesian military, in for sticking up for the rights of persecuted Chinese.

He was married twice. He was survived by his second wife, Maemunah, with whom he had five children. He had three children from his first marriage, and there were 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren at the time of his icrcumcision.

He did not replace it even after learning 40 years later that toer meant “shit” in Polish. Pramoedya, or Pram as he was more usually known, had just completed his education at the Radio Vocational school in Indonesia’s second city, Surabaya, in when the Japanese invaded. Like many Indonesian nationalists, he initially supported the occupation circmucision arguing that the Japanese were a lesser evil than the Dutch – and worked for the Japanese news agency Domei in Jakarta.

After the war, as circucision Dutch tried to reassert control over their former empire, Pramoedya joined the resistance movement; he was detained for the first time in vy, the year he wrote his first novel, The Fugitive.

Release came with the Dutch withdrawal in and he spent much of the s travelling abroad, first in the Netherlands and then in the Soviet Union and China. As a result he became both more leftist and anti-Javanese in his newspaper and other writing. He annata a section of a leftwing newspaper xircumcision lectured at journalism school in Jakarta.


Under Sukarno, Pramoedya was a major figure in the literary left.

For six years he was vice -chairman of a leftist cultural group with ties the Indonesian Communist Party. On how Sukarno was adored by Indonesians, Pramoedya wrote in Time: He liberated his people from a sense of inferiority and made them feel proud to be Indonesian.

Pramoedya was a heavy smoker. He loved his kreteks clove cigarettes and continued smoking them into his 80s. Really, why take away something so joyous in life.

On his death Niniek Karmini of Associated Press wrote: He asked to be released from Catholic St. Carolus Hospital so he could spend his final hours at home. The author immediately lit up a clove cigarette — he was rarely seen without one — and spoke haltingly with relatives and friends. But his condition deteriorated overnight, prwmoedya he was buried at a Jakarta cemetery, hours after he passed away.

On October 13,two weeks after an alleged abortive coup by the Indonesian Communist party, which led to the rise to power of the Suharto dictatorship, Pramoedyya was kidnapped for his home and arrested in a nationwide purge of leftists. His home was ransacked by anti-Communist thugs and his pleas that his extensive library be saved were ignored.

His 5, book library was burned, his manuscripts were seized and his house was confiscated. He was imprisoned without being charged or given a trial. An army prajoedya moved into his house and was still there in Pramoedya was never compensated. Pramoedya wrote in Time: For 13 days after the coup was launched “I watched the army hunt, murder and loot until, finally, I myself became one of the victims.

People known or suspected to be communist or sympathizers were slaughtered everywhere they were found—on the steps of their houses, on the side of the road, while squatting in the lavatory. The Indonesian elites had lost their ability to resolve differences peacefully, in the political circhmcision, and the last word belonged to the group that possessed firearms: On October 13,it was my turn to be targeted by a pack of armed, masked men.

Circumcizion was no official, written charges When I was arrested in Octobermy study was ransacked and all my papers were destroyed, including unpublished manuscripts. After initially being detained on the island of Nusa Kembangan, off the south Java coast, Pramoedya he was moved, along with thousands of other political prisoners, to the remote, malaria-infested island of Buru, in the eastern Moluccas.

Pramoedya was in prison from to Twelve of those years were spent on Buru Cigcumcision. I had gone into the woods one day without permission. The colonel punched me in the stomach and hit me on the head. Under Suharto, some 12, political prisoners were sent to the Anants island in the Spice Island to the ajanta Project” there, where dissidents, suspected communist, sympathizers, lawyers, professors, doctors and “the shining light of Indonesia’s intelligencia” toiled in the hot sun.

Oramoedya died from torture, gun shot wounds from guards, blows from falling trees, spear wounds from local residents, starvation, malaria, filariasis a mosquito-born disease that produced elephantiasis hepatitis, tuberculosis and other diseases.

It consisted of camps built around wooden barracks that housed 50 prisoners each. The prisoners grew corn and rice, felled trees, built roads, cultivated the land, and constructed buildings.

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Many of the prisoners were detained for more than a decade without being charged or given a trial. Prisoners were prohibited from having reading material and those found possessing a book or a magazine risked being tortured or severely punished or even executed.

On one occasion, Pramoedya said, a man found some scraps of newspaper while unwrapping something. Three day later he was found dead in a river with his hands tied behind his back. Banned from possessing paper or a pen during his first years at Buru, Pramoedya wrote the historical novels for which he is famous in his head, offering installments each day to his fellow prisoners who helped him remember and get his facts straight. Eventually a sympathetic general allowed him to have pen and paper and, later, a typewriter.


To win these favors he used money he earned from selling duck eggs. Most of the prisoners, including Pramoedya, were moved from Buru inbut the writer was only released as a result of intensive lobbying by numerous foreign diplomats.

He was confined to Jakarta until John Aglionby, The Guardian, May 3, ]. I’ve been beaten, hit, tortured, humiliated. There can not be forgiveness. I can not reconcile with bandits. He was like a small stone that could be kicked around by the feet of the students. On the alleged coup that helped bring Suharto to power, Pramoedya wrote in Time: If they wanted to launch a coup, why didn’t they just mobilize their branches in cities and towns outside Jakarta.

Why was the party leadership caught completely off guard by the kidnapping? Suharto’s next step, inwas to stage a general election in accordance with his taste and needs. Two years later he required all political currents to merge into just three parties, yielding a ‘constitutional state’ complete with recognition and support of Western countries.

When asked what justice meant to the average Indonesian, Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Indonesia’s best known novelist, told the Washington Post, “The word adilor “justice,” came to Indonesia with the spread of Islam in the 14th century but to this day, the word is not a reality for the common man.

It is a concept even though it is mentioned daily in relation to hukumor law. Both justice and law are still a hope that has been promised but never delivered in our history, not in our ancient kingdoms, not under centuries of Dutch colonial occupation and not under Suharto’s regime. Pramoedya was released from prison in and then lived under house arrest and under police surveillance in Jakarta until he was finally freed in around the time Suharto resigned.

In Mayhe was allowed to leave Indonesia for the first time: After that Pramoedya spent his time writing articles for the foreign press, giving lecture tours in the United States and elsewhere, working on a book about a Papuan Papua prison camp and accumulating material for an encyclopedia on Indonesia.

Describing Pramoedya at the age of 74 inMishi Saran wrote in the International Herald Tribune, he “is as fragile as a bird, slightly stooped with age. Wisps of white hair fringe the back of his head, and his grin reveals a gap in his teeth.

He had difficultly hearing and communicating as the result of a wound he sufferef when was hit in the head with a rifle butt and the wound became infected. Despite this, even most of those who disagreed with torr continued to equate him with such icons such as Alexandr Solzhenitsyn. He was showered with awards by international institutions, though despite frequent nominations he never received the Nobel prize for literature.


A former friend told an Australian newspaper, “He is very self-centered. He is not a pleasant person. Pramoedya is like a black hole. He draws in everything; not even the light escapes. Still his literature is the greatest Indonesian literature but I find him lacking in gratitude and charity.