By Adam Gartrell, Indonesia Correspondent
(read also this other essay on THIS EARTH OF MANKIND)
JAKARTA, July 4 AAP – One of the greatest pleasures of living in
Indonesia has been discovering the work of the country’s finest
novelist, Pramoedya Ananta Toer.
I’ve just finished reading Pramoedya’s Buru Quartet, a sweeping
four-book 1500-page semi-fictional epic about Indonesia’s first
tentative steps toward independence.
Set between the 1890s and 1920s in what was then the Dutch East
Indies, the books – This Earth of Mankind, Child of All Nations,
Footsteps and House of Glass – tell the story of Minke, a
well-educated Javanese native.
Continue reading ““Discovering Pramoedya” – new 2010 review of the Buru Quartet”
NEW ARTICLE: “Rendra knew on whose side he stood” by Max Lane in Special Issue on Rendra in latest issue of INSIDE INDONESIA. See this issue for articles be several other authors also.
Sydney PEN’s May 2010 edition contains:
“Book bannings spur struggle for free speech in Indonesia” by Max Lane, pp. 4-5
A poem: “The dry eel of Indonesia” by Max Lane, p. 26.
Go to Sydney PEN Magazine click on May, 2010 issue to download PDF copy of magazine.
Review of UNFINISHED NATION: Indonesia before and after Suharto in MONTHLY REVIEW ZINE.
Below is the reference to the latest review of UNFINISHED NATION: Indonesia before and after Suharto
Book review: Max Lane Unfinished Nation: Indonesia Before and After Suharto, Verso: London 2008; 288 pp.: 9781844672370, £16.99 (pbk)
by Nathaniel Mehr
Capital & Class 2010, 34: pp 281-283.
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BRUISED WITH BLACK
It was beaten up by lust for money
Once gleeming torquoise sunny
Now ruined on the corporate torture rack
Once blue, tis now bruised with black
Bashed and bashed its wealth was bled
If they had their way it would be left for dead.