House of Glass

Author: Pramoedya Ananta Toer
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101615354
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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.

Footsteps

Author: Pramoedya Ananta Toer
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101615346
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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
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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
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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 Mute s Soliloquy

Author: Pramoedya Ananta Toer
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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.

Tales from Djakarta

Author: Pramoedya Ananta Toer
Publisher: Equinox Publishing
ISBN: 9799589819
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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 King the Witch and the Priest

Author: Pramoedya Ananta Toer
Publisher: Equinox Publishing
ISBN: 9799589835
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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.

The Fugitive

Author: Pramoedya Ananta Toer
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
ISBN: 9780140296525
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Translation originally published: New York: William Morrow, 1990.

It s Not an All Night Fair

Author: Pramoedya Ananta Toer
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
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Originally published in the journal: Indonesia (Ithaca, N.Y.)--Apr. 1973, no. 15.

Awakenings

Author: Pramoedya Ananta Toer
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Contains TThis Earth of Mankind' and TChild of All Nations', the first two novels of a quartet which is banned in the author's homeland of Indonesia. Max Lane, who translated the works, was recalled from his position as Second Secretary of the Australian Embassy in Jakarta for undertaking the translations which were first published in the early 1980s but have been reissued for this publication. In these historical novels the author presents a humane and tolerant vision of Indonesian life. Also contains an introduction by the translator.