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Pramoedya Ananta Toer : essay en interview

by August-Hans den Boef, August Hans den Boef

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As a result of Dutch colonialism in Indonesia, relations with that country and some of its political leaders, as well as writers have been strained over the past sixty years. As a young man, Pramoedya Ananta Toer resisted the Dutch oppressors, and was imprisoned by the Dutch in the final years of the anti-colonial struggle. Pramoedya was sympathetic with the Communists and joined the left-wing writers' guild Lekra. This choice later led to friction with the new Indonesian authorities, resulting is a ban on his books, destruction of manuscripts and many decades of imprisonment. Ironically, during these years, Pramoedya's books were translated and published in the Netherlands.

Pramoedya Ananta Toer. Essay en interview is a small publication, consisting of a biographical essay and an interview held with Pramoedya Ananta Toer in 1991. The essay and interview sketch a life of struggle and many years of imprisonment and torture, which Pramoedya had to endure. Manuscripts of some of his best known works were confiscated or destroyed several times, leaving the author no other possibility but to compose his works orally, and later, have manuscripts smuggled out.

Pramoedya Ananta Toer was often cited for, but never actually won the Nobel Prize. He remains on of Indonesia's greatest writers of the Twentieth Century. ( )
  edwinbcn | Dec 8, 2012 |
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Boef, August Hans denmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Snoek, Keessecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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