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House of Glass

Author: Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101615354

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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With House Of Glass comes the final chapter of Pramoedya's epic quartet, set in the Dutch East Indies at the turn of the century. A novel of heroism, passion, and betrayal, it provides a spectacular conclusion to a series hailed as one of the great works of modern literature. At the start of House of Glass, Minke, writer and leader of the dissident movement, is now imprisoned—and the narrative has switched to Pangemanann, a former policeman, who has the task of spying and reporting on those who continue the struggle for independence. But the hunter is becoming the hunted. Pangemanann is a victim of his own conscience and has come to admire his adversaries. He must decide whether the law is to safeguard the rights of the people or to control the people. He fears the loss of his position, his family, and his self-respect. At last Pangemanann sees that his true opponents are not Minke and his followers, but rather the dynamism and energy of a society awakened.


Author: Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101615346

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

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As the world moves into the twentieth century, Minke, one of the few European-educated Javanese, optimistically starts a new life in a new town: Betawi. With his enrollment in medical school and the opportunity to meet new people, there is every reason to believe that he can leave behind the tragedies of the past. But Minke can no more escape his past than he can escape his situation as part of an oppressed people under a foreign power. As his world begins to fall apart, Minke draws a small but fervent group around him to fight back against colonial exploitation. During the struggle, Minke finds love, friendship, and betrayal—with tragic consequences. And he goes from wanting to understand his world to wanting to change it. Pramoedya's full literary genius is again evident in the remarkable characters that populate the novel—and in his depiction of a people's painful emergence from colonial domination and the shackles of tradition.

Child of All Nations

Author: Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 110161532X

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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In Child of All Nations, the reader is immediately swept up by a story that is profoundly feminist, devastatingly anticolonialist—and full of heartbreak, suspense, love, and fury. Pramoedya immerses the reader in a world that is astonishing in its vividness: the cultural whirlpool that was the Dutch East Indies of the 1890s. A story of awakening, it follows Minke, the main character of This Earth of Mankind, as he struggles to overcome the injustice all around him. Pramoedya's full literary genius is evident in the brilliant characters that populate this world: Minke's fragile Mixed-Race wife; a young Chinese revolutionary; an embattled Javanese peasant and his impoverished family; the French painter Jean Marais, to name just a few.

This Earth of Mankind

Author: Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101615338

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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Minke is a young Javanese student of great intelligence and ambition. Living equally among the colonists and colonized of 19th-century Java, he battles against the confines of colonial strictures. It is his love for Annelies that enables him to find the strength to embrace his world.

The King, the Witch, and the Priest

A Twelfth Century Javanese Tale

Author: Pramoedya Ananta Toer,Willem Samuels

Publisher: Equinox Publishing

ISBN: 9799589835

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 127

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"Centuries ago, there was, in the eastern part of the island of Java, a kingdom by the name of Daha..." So begins The King, the Witch and the Priest, a fable with contemporary allure that is based on the story of Calon Arang, a Javanese legend dating from the twelfth century. As tradition tells it, Calon Arang was a powerful witch from the village of Girah who had a beautiful daughter named Ratna Manggali who could find no husband. No man would have her for fear of her mother. Calon Arang became so angered by her daughter's plight that she spread pestilence throughout the kingdom. To deal with the problem, King Erlangga ordered his most respected priest, Empu Baradah, to get rid of Calon Arang. This proved to be no easy task as Calon Arang owned a book containing all the secrets of sorcery. This ancient tale, as retold by Pramoedya Ananta Toer, exhibits a remarkable relevance to contemporary life with timeless lessons such as the triumph of good over evil and the ever-possible eternal salvation of one's soul. Pramoedya Ananta Toer (1925-2006) is Indonesia's most celebrated writer, with over thirty works of fiction translated into over thirty languages. A recipient of many major international awards, he was most recently awarded the Grand Prize in the 2000 Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize competition, Japan's highest literary honor. Willem Samuels is a long-time resident of Jakarta and has translated several of Pramoedya's works including The Fugitive, The Mute's Soliloquy, The Girl From the Coast and All That is Gone.

Tales from Djakarta

Caricatures of Circumstances and Their Human Beings

Author: Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Publisher: Equinox Publishing

ISBN: 9799589819

Category: Fiction

Page: 266

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Tales from Djakarta is a collection of thirteen short stories written between 1948 and 1956 - a period of bitter transition from the revolutionary era to the beginnings of military rule in Indonesia. These stories not only give us a taste of Pramoedya's earlier writings, but also lead us on a tragic tour through mid-century Jakarta with her downtrodden residents as our guides.

The Fugitive

Author: Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

ISBN: 9780140296525

Category: Fiction

Page: 171

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Translation originally published: New York: William Morrow, 1990.

The Mute's Soliloquy

A Memoir

Author: Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Publisher: N.A


Category: Authors, Indonesian

Page: 375

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An Indonesian novelist's autobiography written from prison. In a collection of essays and letters, smuggled during his 14-year sentence for human rights activity, he describes various stages of his life and how he lost his hearing from beatings by guards.

Virtual Lotus

Modern Fiction of Southeast Asia

Author: Teri Shaffer Yamada

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472067893

Category: Fiction

Page: 332

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This winning collection of short stories poignantly illustrates contemporary life in Southeast Asia

It's Not an All Night Fair

Author: Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Publisher: Penguin Group USA


Category: Fiction

Page: 94

View: 513

Originally published in the journal: Indonesia (Ithaca, N.Y.)--Apr. 1973, no. 15.

A History of Modern Indonesia

Author: Adrian Vickers

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107019478

Category: History

Page: 306

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This updated edition examines the rise of fundamentalist Islam in Indonesia and asks why the country's democratic aspirations have yet to be realized.

Man Tiger

A Novel

Author: Eka Kurniawan

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 1781688613

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

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Winner of the 2016 Financial Times Emerging Voices Award, and longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize A wry, affecting tale set in a small town on the Indonesian coast, Man Tiger tells the story of two interlinked and tormented families and of Margio, a young man ordinary in all particulars except that he conceals within himself a supernatural female white tiger. The inequities and betrayals of family life coalesce around and torment this magical being. An explosive act of violence follows, and its mysterious cause is unraveled as events progress toward a heartbreaking revelation. Lyrical and bawdy, experimental and political, this extraordinary novel announces the arrival of a powerful new voice on the global literary stage. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Time of the Butcherbird

Author: Alex La Guma

Publisher: Heinemann International Incorporated

ISBN: 9780435907587

Category: Africa

Page: 119

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Out on the flat, featureless South African veld, a small mining town is waiting for rain. As the oppressive summer wears on, the white Afrikaner townspeople seem to be unaware of the storm brewing out on the plain. Out in the bush, a shepherd recalls the riddle of the butcherbird.

Twilight in Jakarta

Author: Mochtar Lubis

Publisher: Darf Publishers via PublishDrive

ISBN: 1850773084

Category: Fiction

Page: 215

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The novel, a depiction of social and political events in the capital during the run-up to a national election, contains a grim cast of characters: corrupt politicians, impotent intellectuals, unprincipled journalists, manipulative Leftists, and impetuous Muslims to name but a few. Although the novel represents a condemnation of political practices prevalent in Indonesia in the 1950s, readers today will find much in this novel that still resonates. It is re-published in English by Darf Publishers at a time when, after three decades of authoritarianism and more than a decade of transition, Indonesia once again has a boisterous multi-party system of competing and collaborating political parties; as well as a mass media which often both serves particular political interests and thrives on sensationalist stories of corruption and malfeasance.

The girl from the coast

a novel

Author: Pramoedya Ananta Toer,Willem Samuels

Publisher: Hyperion Books


Category: Fiction

Page: 280

View: 5758

In feudal Java, where both privilege and poverty lived side-by-side, women were little more than chattel. From the world-renowned author of "The Mute's Soliloquy" and "The Buru Quartet" comes a heartbreaking novel about innocence and power.

A Small Place

Author: Jamaica Kincaid

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1466828838

Category: History

Page: 96

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A brilliant look at colonialism and its effects in Antigua--by the author of Annie John "If you go to Antigua as a tourist, this is what you will see. If you come by aeroplane, you will land at the V. C. Bird International Airport. Vere Cornwall (V. C.) Bird is the Prime Minister of Antigua. You may be the sort of tourist who would wonder why a Prime Minister would want an airport named after him--why not a school, why not a hospital, why not some great public monument. You are a tourist and you have not yet seen . . ." So begins Jamaica Kincaid's expansive essay, which shows us what we have not yet seen of the ten-by-twelve-mile island in the British West Indies where she grew up. Lyrical, sardonic, and forthright by turns, in a Swiftian mode, A Small Place cannot help but amplify our vision of one small place and all that it signifies.

The Glamour of Strangeness

Artists and the Last Age of the Exotic

Author: Jamie James

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0374163359

Category: Art

Page: 384

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"Exploration of a "rare, emotionally intense way of life" in which artists like Raden Saleh and Walter Spies abandon the cultures that created them and adopt an exotic alternative"--

Beauty Is a Wound

Author: Eka Kurniawan

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 0811223647

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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The English-language debut of Indonesia's rising star. The epic novel Beauty Is a Wound combines history, satire, family tragedy, legend, humor, and romance in a sweeping polyphony. The beautiful Indo prostitute Dewi Ayu and her four daughters are beset by incest, murder, bestiality, rape, insanity, monstrosity, and the often vengeful undead. Kurniawan’s gleefully grotesque hyperbole functions as a scathing critique of his young nation’s troubled past:the rapacious offhand greed of colonialism; the chaotic struggle for independence; the 1965 mass murders of perhaps a million “Communists,” followed by three decades of Suharto’s despotic rule. Beauty Is a Wound astonishes from its opening line: One afternoon on a weekend in May, Dewi Ayu rose from her grave after being dead for twenty-one years.... Drawing on local sources—folk tales and the all-night shadow puppet plays, with their bawdy wit and epic scope—and inspired by Melville and Gogol, Kurniawan’s distinctive voice brings something luscious yet astringent to contemporary literature.

Life and a Half

Author: Sony Lab'Ou Tansi,Alison Dundy

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253222877

Category: Fiction

Page: 134

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Listed as one of the 100 best books on Africa, Life and a Half was Sony Labou Tansi's response to the death of close friends during a bloody military and political crackdown in Congo. The novel takes place in an imaginary African country run by the latest in a series of cannibalistic dictators who has captured Martial, the leader of the opposition, and his family. Though shot, knifed, butchered, and bled, Martial's spirit lives on to guide his followers in their fight against the dictators. Facing censorship, Tansi insisted that his book was a fable and that if he were ever given the opportunity to write about real events, he would be much more direct rather than follow the torturous paths of a novel. This crisp translation by Alison Dundy maintains the fast-paced action and bitingly satiric tone of the original.

Unfinished nation

Indonesia before and after Suharto

Author: Max Lane

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 9781844672370

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 312

View: 9496

Illuminating account of the turbulent history of twentieth-century Indonesia.

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