Pramoedya Ananta Toer (1925–2006), Indonesian author

First constructed in 1996, this website is dedicated to Indonesian writer Pramoedya Ananta Toer. It is intended primarily as a research tool. It contains photos and video, biographical and bibliographical information, short stories, essays and interviews in translation, news reports and book reviews, abstracts, articles and letters, a list of publishers, and many off-site links. Submissions, requests, questions and links are welcome. Note that some documents reproduced here or linked to contain inaccuracies: rather than repeat them, please double-check your facts.

"Ilmu pengetahuan semakin banyak melahirkan keajaiban. Dongengan leluhur sampai malu tersipu. Tak perlu lagi orang bertapa bertahun untuk dapat bicara dengan seseorang di seberang lautan. Orang Jerman telah memasang kawat laut dari Inggris sampai India! Dan kawat semacam itu membiak berjuluran ke seluruh permukaan bumi. Seluruh dunia kini dapat mengawasi tingkah-laku seseorang. Dan orang dapat mengawasi tingkah-laku seluruh dunia" (Bumi Manusia, p.316).

[Scientific knowledge brought into being ever more wonders. The legends of my ancestors were shamed into silence. No longer did one have to meditate for years to be able to speak with someone across the sea. Some Germans had stretched a sea-cable from England to India! And wires of this sort were proliferating from here to there all across the face of the earth. Now the whole world could observe the actions of a single person. And one could watch the activity of the whole world.]

Don't miss: The killings of 1965-66, Inside Indonesia, Issue 99: Jan-Mar 2010

Also: The Act of Killing (Jagal)

And this: ‘Beauty Is a Wound’ and ‘Man Tiger’ by Eka Kurniawan, New York Times, 9 Sept 15

Can't stop the signal...

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